Picture England in the Middle Ages, where a young woman of 30 is stricken by terrible illness and given last rites to prepare her for heaven. Six days she suffers in agony; then on the seventh day she receives 15 visions of Christ’s Passion – and the illness leaves her. She goes straight to her parish church, St. Julian’s, and never leaves it; they eventually build an extra room for her. She writes down what she’s seen, then spends another 15 years trying to sort it out. At last she does; the Lord’s meaning in everything is love. She wrote again, the first book by a woman ever published in the English language, “Revelations of Divine Love,” a masterpiece of Christian spirituality better read today than ever before. Somehow she was given a unique vision of the feminine side of God.

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