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Julian Reconsidered

Author: Kenneth Leech

Author: Sister Benedicta Ward SLG

Kenneth Leech was born in 1939 and ordained priest in 1965. He is the author of numerous publications, including ‘Soul Friend’, and ‘Spirituality and Pastoral Care’. He was Community Theologian at St Botolph’s Church, Aldgate, London between 1991 and 2004 and now lives in the Diocese of Manchester. He is a Priest Associate of the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God.

Sister Benedicta Ward SLG entered the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God in 1955. She teaches spirituality in the University of Oxford and is an Emeritus Fellow of Harris Manchester College. She has written a number of books on early monasticism and on the Middle Ages, and is one of the world’s leading writers on the legacy of the Desert Fathers. Her published works include books on the Desert Fathers, the Venerable Bede and St Anselm, and on miracles and relics in the Christian tradition.

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Sometimes the message of optimism and hope of the fourteenth-century writer Julian of Norwich is understood rather superficially. Two lectures, given at her Shrine in Norwich, which can assist our understanding of her theology are reproduced here. Kenneth Leech shows how Julian can help us to recover a sense of the goodness of creation, and he challenges superficial interpretations of her saying that ‘all shall be well’. Sister Benedicta reconsiders Julian in the light of the solitary tradition and contemporary medieval documents, suggesting that Julian may have been a widow who had borne a child.


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