Gosh, such a long time since I've written on here! I've been meaning to write all the hundred and one things I've thought of since last August but, somehow, other things take priority and time just slips away. And now, where do I start? Which of those 101 things do I begin with? Hmmm....I’ll start by giving you some very belated news.
Last July, I became a Companion of Julian of Norwich. This is a worldwide group of people, lay or clergy, who wish to follow Julian’s teachings in their lives. Companions try, as best they are able, to:
· reflect the unconditional love of God in their response to others and to themselves
· exercise compassionate empathy in their daily lives
· meditate and intercede for the world for at least 30 minutes a day
· seek spiritual nourishment from regular study of Julian’s “Revelations of Divine Love”
· make at least one visit to the Julian Shrine in Norwich during their lifetime, if possible
We make these promises annually and, as I only live about 45 minutes away from the Shrine, I made my promises there. It was a beautiful, moving occasion with nine of us, including my Mum and Daughter, in the tiny little room. Canon Beryl, my Rector and one of my sponsors, led the short service and Daphne, the other sponsor, read the Bible reading I had chosen (1 John 4:7-12). We sang, unaccompanied, Be Thou My Vision, and Liz Thomas, a Companion, presented me with a certificate, badge and medallion. There were other Friends of Julian present too, including Sister Pamela from All Hallows Community, who provide hospitality for visitors to the Shrine. (And, indeed, tea and cakes afterwards!)
Here are some piccies:
Me, with Canon Beryl and Daphne.
My beautiful daughter is on the left,
and my wonderful Mum is next to me, on the right of the picture.
Incidentally, I made the purple dress I am wearing, rushing to finish it on time. Since the fabric frays easily, I later had to reinforce the seams to make up for the short cuts I had taken!
I think that will do for this post - hopefully will post another of the 100 things left soon!
Blessings to all who read this! x x