Posted by Simon Parke, 24 February 2017, 5.22am
Julian of Norwich wrote in a time of plague, famine and political upheaval.
Outside her cell was ‘Lollard’s Pit’ where heretics were burned by the church, which spoke mainly of hell.
The 14th century lacked grace and piled suffering high on the death carts that trundled down the sewage-carrying streets for mass burials.
In these times, Julian received visions, God spoke…
‘‘And these words, ‘you shall not be overcome’ were said very distinctly and very powerfully for assurance and comfort against all the tribulations that may come.
He did not say ‘You shall not be perturbed, you shall not be troubled, you shall not be distressed,’ but he said ‘You shall not be overcome.’‘’
And that is the news today.