Not knowing much more than her famous prayer “All will be well”, I was curious to learn more about this mystic priestess, Julian of Norwich, whose feast day is celebrated on May 13th.

After reading both Britannica’s and Wikipedia’s accounts on Julian, this writing caught my eye.

“All Will Be Well: The Radical Optimism of Julian of Norwich”

Mirabai Starr, HuffPost

In it, she uses the quote Julian is known for: 

“All shall be well and all shall be well and every kind of thing shall be well.”

Julian of Norwich

And continues to write a bit more about her radical teachings and beliefs.

She believed in the feminine aspect of God, and often refers to Mother God as Christians might to Mother Mary.

Additionally, her optimistic take on life was that there is no such thing as sin (for non-Christians, read shame, blame or karma here).

Hence, the Mother’s loving voice reassuring us the human child, that “All will be well.” Like our caregivers or Mothers might have said to us when we ran for nurturance or care after falling down and skinning our knee. “It’s gonna be OK” I have found myself echoing my own Mother’s words when my children were little, as they grew into teens and now young adults!

So, what a lovely view of Motherhood, love and the relationship to being humble and asking for nurturing. How often do you extend mothering, or loving care to another? And how often do you receive it? Most of us are big GIVERS, not so good at the RECEIVING part. 

For the past 15 years or more, I’ve adapted Julian’s words to my own:

All is well. All manner of things are well. Every kind of thing is well.” 

It helps me to ground into what is right with the world. What is beautiful. What is here right now that I may not be seeing and appreciating. 

So Mother’s Day Blessings to you! Mother God, Mother Earth, Mother Nature, are all to be acknowledged as well as all Mothers, StepMothers, WannaBe Mothers, Animal Mothers, Project Mothers, Garden Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunts and All Women who are leading towards Love!

All is well. Truly it is.