Friday, 5 March 2010
The Reward of Suffering
From Julian of Norwich, Chapter 48:
"I saw without any doubt that just as, on the one hand, our perversity results in pain, shame and sorrow for us here on earth, so, on the other hand, grace produces in far greater measure heaven's consolation, praise and bliss - so much so that when we come to receive the sweet reward that grace has won for us we shall thank and bless God, endlessly rejoicing that we endured suffering. It is part of the nature of this blessed love that in God we shall have knowledge that we should never have known if we had not first suffered."