Wow, what a great meditation in considering the upcoming Lenten season – thank you!
It is fitting that I have been compelled to study the visions of Julian of Norwich at this time. A major paper is due this Friday on her life and work. What I did not consider when I chose this area of study for my project is that it would culminate just before the start of the Lenten season, and the bulk of her vision is centered on Christ’s Passion.
Simone Weil, in, Waiting For God reflects, “not only does the love God have attention for its substance”, that is, the meditation and consideration of the profound nature of Love; “the love of our neighbor, which we know to be the same love, is made of this same substance.” The act of such contemplation is not uncomplicated—approached naively—nor a simple gaze, but a “negative effort…
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