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Saint Days: St. Julian of Norwich, Anchoress

St. Julian of Norwich (1342-1416) was from Norwich England. Her life is somewhat mysterious and we don't know all that much about her. We do know that she was an anchoress, which is someone who has withdrawn from the secular world in order to live a religious life. 

Her writings, which are best described as Christian Mysticism, are beautiful, often probing the nature of God's love, which she compares to that of a mother. One of her most well known prayers reminds us to be optimistic because of God's goodness: 

All shall be well, all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well. 
God of your goodness, give me yourself,
For you are enough to me.
And I can ask for nothing less that is to your glory. 
And if I ask for anything less, I shall still be in want, for only in you have I all.
All shall be well, all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.

Let us remember St. Julian of Norwich in our prayers today: 

O God, whose blessed Son became poor that we through his poverty might be rich: Deliver us from an inordinate love of this world, that we, inspired by the devotion of your servant St. Julian of Norwich, may serve you with singleness of heart, and attain to the riches of the age to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.