The Comfort and Challenge of Julian of Norwich’s Showings for Contemporary Catholic Spirituality

  • Esther Sanborn Catholic Theological Union

Abstract

This paper attempts to reclaim a spiritual classic, Julian of Norwich’s Showings, for a contemporary Catholic audience.  I begin by introducing Showings and reviewing Julian’s use of maternal imagery for the divine.  Next I engage contemporary scholarship in a theological and historical-critical analysis of the text.  Then I suggest how Julian’s imagery of divine motherhood offers both comfort and challenge to contemporary Catholics.  I conclude that Julian’s Christ-centered Trinitarian theology has enduring value for Catholic spirituality.

Author Biography

Esther Sanborn, Catholic Theological Union
Esther Sanborn is a Bernardin Scholar enrolled in the E.D.Min. program, Spirituality concentration. The author has a B.A. from Canisius College, M.Div. from the University of Notre Dame, and Pastoral Ministry graduate certificate from Saint Xavier University. The author is certified as a campus minister by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Catholic Campus Ministry Association. The author is a former member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (Cleveland, 97-98) and is an Associate of the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community.

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Published
2017-05-02
How to Cite
SANBORN, Esther. The Comfort and Challenge of Julian of Norwich’s Showings for Contemporary Catholic Spirituality. Theophilus: The Student Journal of Catholic Theological Union, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 1, p. 45-55, may 2017. ISSN 2374-4251. Available at: <http://theophilusjournal.org/index.php/ctustud/article/view/1302>. Date accessed: 24 oct. 2017.

Keywords

Julian of Norwich, Trinity, Young Adults, Spirituality