...self care is never a selfish act- it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give it the care it requires, we do so not only for ourselves but for the many others whose lives we touch.

Parker J. Palmer, Let Your Life Speak

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Our Destination in True Love

"All shall be well, and you yourself shall see every manner of thing will be well."  Julian of Norwich

Her Revelations of Divine Love is the first book written in the English language by a woman; ironic that we don't have a name for the anchoress and spiritual director of St. Julian in Norwich. 

The 30 Days with a Great Spiritual Teacher series gives you a chance to pray with the greatest writings in Christian Spirituality. Excerpts from All Will Be Well:

Do not accuse yourself too much or think that your distress and woe is due to your fault. Whatever you do, suffering will be your lot. This place is a prison, and life a penance. But that penance need not be in vain, and we rejoice already in the cure. And the cure is that God is with us guarding us and guiding us into the fullness of joy.

God wills that, of all the qualities of the blessed Trinity, we should be most certain of and take most delight in is his love. 

God is our way, our destination in true love. 

Above all God wants us to turn to him, and become united to him in love, 
as he is already linked to us. 

For when we contemplate God, we are made like unto God.

Our Lord is like a good- hearted nurse, whose only job is to see the safety of her charge.

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