Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Ash Wednesday

"Ash Wednesday" by Julian Fałat

I really can't do much better today than to quote Lady Julian of Norwich:
Sin must needs be but all will be well, and all will be well, and all manner of thing will be well.
There's a very thought provoking blog essay about this assertion that you can find right here:

'All Will Be well' - Polyanna Platitude or Responsible Mystic Theodicy?

There are also some interesting comments to that post.

A blessed Ash Wednesday and Lenten season to you all.


  1. And a blessed Lent to you too. I've never gotten mysticism but I sort of get hope, in the New Testament sense of the word - which to me is sort of a conflux between the eschatology that "in the ultimate realm of the divine all will be healed and all inequities will be done away with" and the imperative to which the link leads to "do something about inequities and the need for healing now - in this life." That seems to have been the perspective from which Jesus spoke in the beatitudes and it seems to be a view that is reflected in the spirituality of Lady Julian of Norwich.

  2. I couldn't have said it better myself, Tom!

  3. It is quite obviously not a Polyanna platitude.


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