Photo: An Orthodox foot-washing ceremony; 1915, Ottoman Jerusalem.
As verily as God is our Father, so verily God is our Mother; and that shewed He in all, and especially in these sweet words where He saith:
...I IT AM, the Might and the Goodness of the Fatherhood;
I IT AM, the Wisdom of the Motherhood;
I IT AM, the Light and the Grace that is all blessed Love:
I IT AM, the Trinity,
I IT AM, the Unity:
I am the sovereign Goodness of all manner of things.
I am that maketh thee to love: I am that maketh thee to long:
I IT AM, the endless fulfilling of all true desires.
(Julian of Norwich)
Source and Recommended Reading:
'Julian of Norwich: Showings'
By Julian of Norwich (Author), Edmund Colledge (Translator), James Walsh (Translator)
Julian, an anchoress who lived in solitude in Norwich, England in the late 14th century, received the 16 "showings" or revelations of God's love in a series of experienced visions. The first version was a short text. The second, longer version was apparently written some years after the first, when she had had time to pray and reflect about the teachings God had given her.
In the light of their thirteen years of work on the critical edition of Showings, Colledge and Walsh give us this first modern English rendering from the place of Julian's teaching in Catholic Spirituality. The editors present Julian as a skilled theologian and master of rhetorical style. Jean Leclercz, the noted monk, writer, and medievalist, in his preface addresses himself to the question, "Why is this an important work today?"
Showings reveals a Julian who experienced God directly and not self-consciously as "our mother." Her revelations of the feminine side of God represent a significant contribution to the tradition. Her graphic visions of the humanity of Christ are marked by vivid imagery and detail. But the special appeal of Julian lies in her theology of the all- embracing fullness of divine love. Julian is certainly a warm and approachable companion for the mystical journey.