Teaching by Matthew Wright
Available as 6-disc set, MP3 download, or USB flash drive
Approx. running time: 6hrs.
Recorded live at a virtual event hosted by TCS, August 18—20, 2020
In this recording we get to know Julian of Norwich, a 14th century anchoress, as a woman who speaks to all times. Living through pandemics and a series of revelations ranging from intense physical pain and spiritual anguish to unsurpassable sacred love, Julian has a voice that is not one of naïve hopefulness but of deep experiencing.
Over many years of reflection and meditation, she came to understandings of her revelations and committed them to writing. She delves into the big questions about the nature of creation, the human soul, humanity’s purpose, sin, salvation, and the conundrum of why evil and suffering exist in a world created by an all-loving God. She proclaims the antidotes to despair and impatience to be trust and faith, not as conceptual beliefs but as another kind of knowing.
Matthew Wright steps us through Julian’s insights from the perspective of today’s world. He gives particular attention to two key revelations: the master and servant parable and her vision of the flowing blood of Christ. Step by step Matthew unveils Julian’s deepening understanding of humanity’s relationship to the All, the meaning of the cross, and the Motherhood of the Divine.
Julian received the message that she was to share her visions although they challenged her devotion to the teachings of the Holy Church. Seeking from the Lord why she was given the showings, she was answered: “The Divine wishes us to be more at ease in our soul and more peaceful in love.” She experiences God’s presence in the weal and woe as well as the good. And thus she is assured that “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.”
The Rev. Matthew Wright is an Episcopal priest and retreat leader. He serves at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Woodstock, NY and is a visiting teacher for The Contemplative Society and others seeking the renewal of the Christian Wisdom tradition. He is also a student of the Mevlevi Sufi path. He lives with his wife alongside the brothers of Holy Cross Monastery.
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