Theological Notebook: Feast of Lewis, Julian of Norwich
Yesterday was the Feast of Lewis, dead now these forty-two years. In celebration, I gave a somewhat jaded but wickedly-bright student a very particular assignment for her final paper, which I think might be of spiritual as well as intellectual value. They have to write on Julian's Showings or Revelations of Divine Love, whichever title you prefer. (The Long Text, to be specific.) She had proposed a really interesting analysis of all the trinitarian names/patterns in Julian, but that was perhaps more of the level of a Master's thesis than a 6-to-8 page essay. Taking what she had done on listing the names and characteristics she'd found thus far in Julian for the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, I asked her to speculate on how Julian's vision of God in those forms informs Julian's understanding of Love, given that Julian said that the chief content and meaning of the showings was Divine Love.
I think she's in for a worthwhile and interesting write, and I'm in for a worthwhile and interesting read.