No Beauty We Could Desire: Thoughts on Beauty and Faith

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God’s “Homelike Loving”

Today in my intro theology class, we looked at this passage from Julian of Norwich:

“And at this same time that I saw this bodily sight, our Lord showed me a spiritual sight of his homelike loving.  I saw that he is all things good and comfortable to us for our help.  He is our clothing, for love wraps us and winds around us, hugs us and teaches everything, hangs about us — for tender love — so that he may never leave us .  . . . 

And in this he showed me a little thing, the quantity of a hozelnut, lying in the palm of my had, and to my understanding it was round as any ball.  I looked upon it and thought: What may this be?  And I was answered generally this way: It is all that is made.  I marveled how it might last, for I thought it might fall into nothing because of its littleness.  And I was answered in my understanding: It lasts and always shall, for God loves it; and so all things have being through the love of God.” 


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