"Oned in Bliss"
Exploring the Mystery of Suffering and Mercy with Julian of Norwich (Online)
With The Rev. Mark S. Burrows, Ph.D.
May 13 from 7-8:30 p.m.
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About this Offering
The question of human suffering is a great mystery, according to Julian, important above all because it is woven into greater mystery of divine mercy. She knew that suffering was unavoidable, and that Christ himself “was set at nought for us” so that we might recognize, in our suffering, God’s presence in us. For Julian, the great invitation before us is recognizing how the convergence of suffering and mercy invites us to live with resilience and wholeness in the midst of whatever it is that we face. For her, each of us, with our suffering and sorrows, is firmly held by what she knew as God’s “one-ing” love. In recognition of the Feast of Saint Julian of Norwich, we will explore what she called “the mysterious safekeeping of God” as the deep ground of our life. Join us if you know nothing of Julian’s visionary writings or if your life has long been shaped by them. Together we’ll explore her sense that we are “oned in bliss without end,” looking particularly at Chapters 18 – 19 of the so-called Long Text (variously entitled either Showings or Revelations of Divine Love).
About the Presenter
Mark S. Burrows founded and has led the “Julian Circle” through Mercy by the Sea since 2021, providing a lively forum for participants to deepen their faith in conversation with Julian’s visionary Revelations of Divine Love. He is also an award-winning translator, poet, and scholar, well known for his work on spirituality and mysticism and much sought after, internationally, as a speaker and retreat leader. His three bestselling books of meditative poems inspired by Meister Eckhart, written with Jon M. Sweeney, include Meister Eckhart’s Book of Darkness and Light and Meditations on the Journey of the Wayless Way (2023). Mark is a member of the Iona Community and lives and writes in Camden, ME www.soul-in-sight.org.