"Life, Love, & Light" with Veronica Mary Rolf

May 30 2020 2 42 mins

In this series of podcasts, we will delve into the wisdom of the Christian mystics to discover how they may inspire, encourage, and guide us on our own spiritual path -- especially during this time of pandemic that produces so much fear and suffering. The first episode is entitled "Sheltering in Place" and introduces Julian of Norwich, the beloved fourteenth century anchorite who received sixteen Revelations of Divine Love and heard Christ tell her: "All shall be well, and all shall be well, and thou shalt see thyself that all manner of thing shall be well." Podcaster Veronica Mary Rolf is a medieval scholar, retreat leader, and master teacher of dramatic arts. She is the author of "An Explorer's Guide to Julian of Norwich" (IVP Academic, 2018) and "Julian's Gospel: Illuminating the Life and Revelations of Julian of Norwich" (Orbis Books, 2013), which have won numerous awards, including a First Place Catholic Press Association Book Award and the Nautilus Gold Medal for Spirituality. Her most recent book is "Suddenly There is God: The Story of Our Lives in Sacred Scripture" (Cascade Books, 2019). Veronica lectures on Christian mysticism and sacred Scripture and leads contemplative retreats throughout the San Francisco Bay area. She blogs on two websites: www.JuliansVoice.com and www.VeronicaMaryRolf.com



"Mood Swings in Prayer"
May 30 2020 • 44 min
In the Seventh Revelation, Julian experiences a series of spiritual mood swings between the most blissful joy and security in divine presence and a sense of acute annoyance and desperation within herself. She understands that God allows these extreme...


"I Thank Thee"
May 23 2020 • 33 min
In the Sixth Revelation, Julian of Norwich hears Christ on the cross thank her for her service and her labor in her youth! This astonishing experience generates Julian's vision of the heavenly banquet and the three degrees of bliss that every man or...


"No Wrath in God"
May 15 2020 • 43 min
In the Fifth Revelation, Julian of Norwich hears Christ's voice reassure her that, by his suffering on the cross, he has overcome all sin and evil. She also introduces the astounding Revelation that will become central to her mystical theology: that she...



"The Precious Plenty"
May 08 2020 • 33 min
On this, Julian's Feast Day, we explore the Fourth Revelation, in which Julian sees "the precious plenty of Christ's dearworthy blood" flowing out from his wounds on the cross to cover, forgive, and heal the whole world. In our Guided Meditation, we...


"God-in-a-Point"
May 01 2020 • 39 min
In the Third Revelation, Julian of Norwich experiences "God-in-a-Point" of mystical awareness and realizes that God is in all things and does all things and that all God does is righteous and good. However, she also questions: "What is sin?" but admits...


"Seeking and Beholding"
Apr 25 2020 • 39 min
In this episode we explore Julian's Second Revelation as she watches Christ suffer on the cross in front of her. She longs to have more light to see Christ better. Then she comes to understand that the spiritual life is a constant balance between...


"Sheltering In Place"
Apr 18 2020 • 62 min
In this episode we examine the deeper spiritual meaning of "sheltering in place" during a pandemic by exploring the life and times of Julian of Norwich, the fourteenth century English mystic who survived at least four cycles of the Bubonic plague and...


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