GOOD QUOTES: ON LISTENING
JULIAN OF NORWICH (1342-1416)
“The sorrowing, the sick, the unwanted, the lonely, both young and old, rich and poor, all come to my window. No one listens, they tell me, and so I listen and tell them what they have just told me. And, I sit in silence, listening, letting them grieve. ‘Julian, you are wise,’ they say, ‘You have been gifted with understanding.’ All I did was listen."
Born in the Middle Ages Julian of Norwich, also known as Juliana of Norwich, the Lady Julian, Dame Julian or Mother Julian, was an English mystic, theologian and anchoress. An anchoress freely chose to be confined in a cell so that she could pray and read, committing her life to God. They were usually sealed in a cell adjoining the village church to ensure they remained safe, and could hear Mass and receive the Eucharist.