Julian of Norwich: All Shall Be Well, for Love is All
with Carl McColman
Saturday, May 13, 2023
9am-12 pm Pacific
12-3 pm Eastern
5-8 pm Ireland/UK time
This retreat is part of our 10 month series The Mystical Heart: Love as a Creative Force. Register for each retreat individually or for the full series with an additional facilitated forum for sharing between retreats.
“Before God made us, God loved us — a love which never failed, and never shall.”
— Revelations of Divine Love, Julian of Norwich
Julian of Norwich lived in the fourteenth century — during the time of the Bubonic Plague, peasant uprisings, the hundred years’ war, and violent religious persecution — and yet, despite these harrowing circumstances, her sixteen mystical “showings” of Divine Love inspired her to write a book of luminous, poetic spirituality — in fact, the first book written in the English language by a woman. Centuries later, her book of “Showings” or “Revelations of Divine Love” remains one of the greatest expressions of the spirituality of love, not only within Christianity, but indeed throughout the world. Her spirituality is joyful, optimistic, realistic yet shimmering with hope and trust in the healing and transforming power of Divine Love — an energy that can and will make “all things well.”
Julian proclaimed “The fullness of joy is to behold God in all.” May 2023 marks the 650th anniversary of Julian’s showings, which took place in 1373 — we’ll celebrate this special occasion by immersing ourselves in Julian’s visionary language and her heart-expanding proclamation of Love.
Join us on May 13th, Julian’s feast day, to bring Lady Julian’s words to life, through shared lectio divina, contemplative silence, and imaginative prayer drawing on the rich nature-based imagery that dances through Julian’s writing.
We will reflect what on how Julian found meaning in Love, and how the l0ve and joy she encountered in her visions led to a deeply healing new way of encountering the God who is “surely our mother.” Our time together will also include an opportunity for sharing both in small groups and in the larger gathering.
The retreat will be recorded for those who register and made available within 48-72 hours of the program. We will send a notification when it is ready for viewing.
Your Guide for the Journey
Carl McColman a spiritual director, retreat leader, Lay Cistercian, and internationally known speaker and teacher on mystical spirituality and contemplative living. He is the author of many books, including The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Eternal Heart: The Mystical Path to a Joyful Life, and Unteachable Lessons: Why Wisdom Can’t Be Taught and Why That’s Okay. He is one of the co-hosts of the Encountering Silence podcast, and blogs regularly at Patheos, Medium, and his own website, Anamchara.com. Although he himself is a practicing Christian, his approach to contemplation and mysticism is inclusive and expansive, and he is dedicated to exploring the common ground between faith traditions; he is particularly interested in the connecting points between Christian, Buddhist and Pagan wisdom. Carl lives with his wife, artist Fran McColman, in Clarkston, Georgia, near Atlanta. Visit him online at Anamchara.com
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