In the year 1373 a young Englishwoman whose name we do not know- she is called "Julian" because she lived part of her life as an enclosed solitary in the church of St. Julian in Norwich-experienced a series of intense visions that she later recorded in two versions.
The formal title of the "long text" of that book is A Revelation of Love. It is commonly called Showings, the word Julian herself used to describe her visions. This edition incorporates the long text of the Showings, as translated by Father John-Julian, and a commentary written by Frederick S. Roden.
A lay affiliate member of the Order of Julian of Norwich, Roden gives us a companion that is reflective yet learned. It is designed to draw the reader more fully into an understanding and experience of what Julian tells us she saw and heard. In the text and commentary we begin to comprehend the truth Julian summarizes at the end of the Showings: "Love was His meaning."
Every chapter of Julian's work and every significant aspect of her spiritual insight is noted, expanded upon, and illuminated here.Catholic Library World Whether or not intentional, the arrangement invites a lectio divina, a pondering of the word that it may take flesh within one's mind and heart. . . . [T]he commentary is as challenging and uplifting as the translation, and merits a careful reading.Theological Studies This is a beautifully produced paperback in which two people whose lives have been profoundly influenced by Julian make her more accessible to others who are open to that possibility for themselves.The Furrow Few books are treasures for the mind and the soul; this is one of them. The text combines the long-awaited translation of Julian's Showings by Fr. John-Julian, OJN, a dazzling accomplishment based on a lifetime's study of and meditation upon this remarkable late-medieval treatise. The final result is a translation that voices her visions in radiant English, a version that is both true to Julian's thought and voice and strong enough to render her 'book' in a vivid style. An unexpected delight is the translator's decision to offer the text in poetic form, an ingenious approach which allows the reader to discover the vitality and spaciousness of her visionary language not only as speech but also as song. The commentary by Professor Roden accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do: it probes the spiritual and theological depths of Julian's book in a manner that instructs, challenges, and inspires. The text, with commentary, will be invaluable to those meeting Julian for the first time, as In Love's Trinity Fred Roden has given us something I have longed to see in print for years-a reflection on Julian that follows Julian's story, chapter by chapter, instead of forcing her Revelations of Divine Love into an abstract system of theology. Only in reading the Revelations in this way, following Julian's own narrative, can we fully appreciate her struggle to understand what she experienced of God and savor the spiritual meaning flowing abundantly from her experience into our own. Skillfully applying his training as a professor of literature, Roden interweaves Julian's voice with his voice, proving himself a most helpful guide for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of Julian's experience and the meaning of her Revelations for our world.The Rev. Gregory Fruehwirth, OJN, Guardian, The Order of Julian of Norwich This unique approach to Julian's book, in which the full text is interleaved with commentary, becomes a profound and moving journey which explores not only Julian's revelations, but reaches deep into the troubled heart of our own twenty first century. This is a book at once accessible and profound-one which will repay unhurried contemplation and which will yield its treasures slowly over the months and years.Sheila Upjohn, Author of In Search of Julian of Norwich How good it is to have a translation of the Showings of Julian of Norwich from somebody who obviously is very familiar with the text and for whom the text is a much loved, valued, and prized friend, and this coupled with a scholarly, readable, and devotional commentary from a person who seems to live and breathe Julian and who has a really good understanding of the Showings given her by the Lord. And all this under one cover! This book is a very welcome addition to current Julian writings and will be much valued by all who are seeking to draw closer to the Lord Jesus, and who find their inspiration and hope in the writings of Julian of Norwich.Fr. Martin Smith SSC, Rector of The Julian Shrine, Norwich UK Love's Trinity offers to twenty-first century men and women a renewed sense of hope at a time when the human race seems faced with the stark choice between spiritual evolution or annihilation. In one volume we have exquisite translation of Julian's original text by Fr. John-Julian, the founder of the order of Julian of Norwich, and a remarkable commentary by Frederick Roden. Dr. Roden is a fine scholar but he is also clearly a devoted Julian lover. His reflections demonstrate both his scholarship and his love and the result is a commentary which not only does justice to Julian's often complex and challenging theology but also has the power to inspire and to bring the reader closer to God.Lay Canon Professor Brian Thorne, Chairman of the Trustees of the Friends of Julian of Norwich