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In the First Season of "Life, Love, & Light" podcasts, we delve into the wisdom of the beloved medieval mystic, Julian of Norwich, to discover how her "Revelations of Divine Love" may inspire, encourage, and guide us on our own spiritual path -- especially during this time of pandemic. The first episode is entitled "Sheltering in Place" and introduces Julian of Norwich, an enclosed anchorite who received sixteen Revelations of Divine Love and heard Christ tell her: "All shall be well, and all shall be well, and thou shalt see thyself that all manner of thing shall be well." The season includes twenty-five episodes with Guided Meditations following each episode. In the Second Season of "Life, Love & Light" podcasts, we meet a fascinating variety of Old and New Testament Biblical Mystics -- the very mystics who inspired and guided Julian of Norwich. Indeed, mystics throughout the ages have always been steeped in and nurtured by the stories and characters of sacred Scripture. We discover men and women who faced major challenges and crises in their lives . . . made some really big mistakes . . . were forgiven . . . received mystical revelations . . . and then dared to act on those revelations. These biblical mystics were not ready made saints. They were ordinary and imperfect people just like us who hoped and struggled, questioned and doubted, and sometimes even despaired. As we will see, they did not always make the right choices. But because they were willing to listen to divine guidance within and to learn from their mistakes, eventually, they were given the light and grace to follow the path that was revealed to them and to obey the call of God. I hope their stories will become powerful inspirations in our own time of crisis, fear, and uncertainty, and that these mystics will become personal spiritual guides. Exploring the stories of mystics may also help us recall and re-evaluate the ways in which God has spoken to us in the past . . . and is speaking to us right now. Please share these podcasts with your family and friends who may be seeking the Lord’s will in their own lives, or who may be depressed or full of doubts about their path, or who may need to be reminded that God speaks to us through our own circumstances . . . at every stage of our spiritual journey. Podcaster Veronica Mary Rolf is a medieval scholar, retreat leader, and master teacher of dramatic arts. She is the author of "Suddenly There is God: The Story of Our Lives in Sacred Scripture" (Cascade Books, 2019), which won the 2020 Catholic Press Association Book Award for Scripture. She is also the author of "An Explorer's Guide to Julian of Norwich" (IVP Academic, 2018) and "Julian's Gospel: Illuminating the Life and Revelations of Julian of Norwich" (Orbis Books, 2013), which have won numerous awards, including a First Place Catholic Press Association Book Award and the Nautilus Gold Medal for Spirituality. Her newest book is "Living Resurrected Lives: What it Means and Why it Matters" (Cascade Books, 2020), co-authored with Eva Natanya, PhD. Veronica leads Virtual Zoom Retreats and blogs on two websites: www.VeronicaMaryRolf.com and www.JuliansVoice.com. Her "Life, Love, & Light" podcasts are also available on: https://www.lifelovelightpodcast.com/

In the First Season of "Life, Love, & Light" podcasts, we delve into the wisdom of the beloved medieval mystic, Julian of Norwich, to discover how her "Revelations of Divine Love" may inspire, encourage, and guide us on our own spiritual path -- especially during this time of pandemic. The first episode is entitled "Sheltering in Place" and introduces Julian of Norwich, an enclosed anchorite who received sixteen Revelations of Divine Love and heard Christ tell her: "All shall be well, and all shall be well, and thou shalt see thyself that all manner of thing shall be well." The season includes twenty-five episodes with Guided Meditations following each episode. In the Second Season of "Life, Love & Light" podcasts, we meet a fascinating variety of Old and New Testament Biblical Mystics -- the very mystics who inspired and guided Julian of Norwich. Indeed, mystics throughout the ages have always been steeped in and nurtured by the stories and characters of sacred Scripture. We discover men and women who faced major challenges and crises in their lives . . . made some really big mistakes . . . were forgiven . . . received mystical revelations . . . and then dared to act on those revelations. These biblical mystics were not ready made saints. They were ordinary and imperfect people just like us who hoped and struggled, questioned and doubted, and sometimes even despaired. As we will see, they did not always make the right choices. But because they were willing to listen to divine guidance within and to learn from their mistakes, eventually, they were given the light and grace to follow the path that was revealed to them and to obey the call of God. I hope their stories will become powerful inspirations in our own time of crisis, fear, and uncertainty, and that these mystics will become personal spiritual guides. Exploring the stories of mystics may also help us recall and re-evaluate the ways in which God has spoken to us in the past . . . and is speaking to us right now. Please share these podcasts with your family and friends who may be seeking the Lord’s will in their own lives, or who may be depressed or full of doubts about their path, or who may need to be reminded that God speaks to us through our own circumstances . . . at every stage of our spiritual journey. Podcaster Veronica Mary Rolf is a medieval scholar, retreat leader, and master teacher of dramatic arts. She is the author of "Suddenly There is God: The Story of Our Lives in Sacred Scripture" (Cascade Books, 2019), which won the 2020 Catholic Press Association Book Award for Scripture. She is also the author of "An Explorer's Guide to Julian of Norwich" (IVP Academic, 2018) and "Julian's Gospel: Illuminating the Life and Revelations of Julian of Norwich" (Orbis Books, 2013), which have won numerous awards, including a First Place Catholic Press Association Book Award and the Nautilus Gold Medal for Spirituality. Her newest book is "Living Resurrected Lives: What it Means and Why it Matters" (Cascade Books, 2020), co-authored with Eva Natanya, PhD. Veronica leads Virtual Zoom Retreats and blogs on two websites: www.VeronicaMaryRolf.com and www.JuliansVoice.com. Her "Life, Love, & Light" podcasts are also available on: https://www.lifelovelightpodcast.com/

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In the First Season of "Life, Love, & Light" podcasts, we delve into the wisdom of the beloved medieval mystic, Julian of Norwich, to discover how her "Revelations of Divine Love" may inspire, encourage, and guide us on our own spiritual path -- especially during this time of pandemic. The first episode is entitled "Sheltering in Place" and introduces Julian of Norwich, an enclosed anchorite who received sixteen Revelations of Divine Love and heard Christ tell her: "All shall be well, and all shall be well, and thou shalt see thyself that all manner of thing shall be well." The season includes twenty-five episodes with Guided Meditations following each episode. In the Second Season of "Life, Love & Light" podcasts, we meet a fascinating variety of Old and New Testament Biblical Mystics -- the very mystics who inspired and guided Julian of Norwich. Indeed, mystics throughout the ages have always been steeped in and nurtured by the stories and characters of sacred Scripture. We discover men and women who faced major challenges and crises in their lives . . . made some really big mistakes . . . were forgiven . . . received mystical revelations . . . and then dared to act on those revelations. These biblical mystics were not ready made saints. They were ordinary and imperfect people just like us who hoped and struggled, questioned and doubted, and sometimes even despaired. As we will see, they did not always make the right choices. But because they were willing to listen to divine guidance within and to learn from their mistakes, eventually, they were given the light and grace to follow the path that was revealed to them and to obey the call of God. I hope their stories will become powerful inspirations in our own time of crisis, fear, and uncertainty, and that these mystics will become personal spiritual guides. Exploring the stories of mystics may also help us recall and re-evaluate the ways in which God has spoken to us in the past . . . and is speaking to us right now. Please share these podcasts with your family and friends who may be seeking the Lord’s will in their own lives, or who may be depressed or full of doubts about their path, or who may need to be reminded that God speaks to us through our own circumstances . . . at every stage of our spiritual journey. Podcaster Veronica Mary Rolf is a medieval scholar, retreat leader, and master teacher of dramatic arts. She is the author of "Suddenly There is God: The Story of Our Lives in Sacred Scripture" (Cascade Books, 2019), which won the 2020 Catholic Press Association Book Award for Scripture. She is also the author of "An Explorer's Guide to Julian of Norwich" (IVP Academic, 2018) and "Julian's Gospel: Illuminating the Life and Revelations of Julian of Norwich" (Orbis Books, 2013), which have won numerous awards, including a First Place Catholic Press Association Book Award and the Nautilus Gold Medal for Spirituality. Her newest book is "Living Resurrected Lives: What it Means and Why it Matters" (Cascade Books, 2020), co-authored with Eva Natanya, PhD. Veronica leads Virtual Zoom Retreats and blogs on two websites: www.VeronicaMaryRolf.com and www.JuliansVoice.com. Her "Life, Love, & Light" podcasts are also available on: https://www.lifelovelightpodcast.com/

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Episodes

The Role of Faith

2/26/2021
In this week's "Life, Love, & Light" podcast on The Mystical Path, we focus on the essential role of faith, because what nourishes faith nourishes mysticism. We delve into the meaning of the words "contemplation" and "meditation," and discuss the difference between "cataphatic" and "apophatic" forms of mystical prayer. We also consider the ultimate end of the mystical path, which is union with God. And we focus on the importance of maintaining "a constant intention of the mind" in order to...

Duration:00:45:50

What is Mysticism?

2/19/2021
In our third season of "Life, Love, & Light " podcasts, we will explore "The Mystical Path." We will discuss what is involved in following such a path – not only through the practice of contemplative prayer – but in every aspect of our daily lives. I will also be guiding you in forms of meditation that great mystics of the past, both East and West, have promised can inform and radically transform our lives. I hope these meditations will enrich your own daily practice. In our first episode,...

Duration:00:48:29

Paul & Resurrection

2/12/2021
In this episode of "Life, Love, & Light" podcasts, we discuss the great Apostle Paul, who called himself the least and also the last of all the apostles. We examine his life story and his personal experience of seeing the Risen Lord. We delve into questions that are frequently asked today: Was Jesus resurrected bodily? Will our own bodies be resurrected? If so, what kind of body will it be: physical or spiritual? Early Greek converts to Christianity had serious resistance to belief in the...

Duration:00:57:54

Who was Magdalene?

2/4/2021
In this episode of Life, Love, & Light podcasts, we search for the identity of Mary Magdalene in the four canonical Gospels. Was she the public sinner who washed the feet of Jesus with her tears and dried them with her hair? The unnamed woman with the alabaster jar or perfume who anointed Jesus' head? The woman who anointed the feet of Jesus for burial with an ointment made of pure nard? Or the woman caught in adultery? For centuries, Magdalene has been associated with each of these women,...

Duration:00:50:06

The Divine Love Story

1/29/2021
In this "Life, Love & Light" podcast, we consider The Divine Love Story as revealed in the Hebrew Bible through the mystical writings of some of the prophets – specifically Jeremiah, Isaiah, Hosea, and Micah. We see how Yahweh was understood as Father, Divine Lover, tender Shepherd, nursing Mother, Creator, and faithful Husband to Israel. We hear the prophets plead with the Israelites to return to the Lord to be forgiven, comforted, and healed. Then we see how, in the New Testament, these...

Duration:00:48:10

Martha & Mary: Sister Mystics

1/22/2021
In this week's "Life, Love, & Light" podcast, we encounter two women in the Gospels, sisters with very different personalities, yet both emerging mystics: Martha and Mary. We enter into the scene in Luke's Gospel in which Jesus dines at their home and Martha complains bitterly because Mary sits and listens to Jesus and does not help her in the kitchen. We look at the two personality types: the pro-active, highly capable, but overworked and stressed-out Martha and the more passive, retiring,...

Duration:00:57:10

Psalmic Mysticism

1/15/2021
The Second Season of the "Life, Love, & Light" podcast series continues with the Mysticism of the Psalms – that collection of 150 songs and prayers in the Hebrew Bible that were composed by mystics who lived thousands of years ago . . . all of whom were anonymous. We ask: "Can we still relate to the psalms as mystical prayer in our own time and circumstances? " And we discover that in the psalms we not only hear the Israelites praying, we hear 2,000 years of Christian prayer as well. We...

Duration:00:50:03

Mary & Joseph

11/28/2020
In preparation for Advent, this episode of the Life, Love, & Light podcasts focuses on the beloved New Testament mystics, Mary and Joseph. We go in depth to consider St. Luke's Gospel account of the annunciation to Mary and St. Matthew's Gospel narrative of the dream revelations to Joseph. We imagine the painful conflicts these two devout but very human people must have endured; conflicts we can recognize as similar to our own. We enter into the couple's decision-making process and consider...

Duration:01:03:03

Moses & The Exodus

11/20/2020
In this extremely relevant episode of the "Life, Love, & Light" podcasts, we consider the duel of wits between Moses and Pharaoh, which is really a duel of conflicting theologies. We recall the Passover of the Israelites and of Jesus at the Last Supper, during which he established a new covenant between God and humans, a covenant that would be sealed in his own blood on the cross. We watch the Israelites flee in terror from the pursuing chariots of Pharaoh's army and witness the miracle of...

Duration:00:42:58

Moses, Unlikely Mystic

11/13/2020
In this episode of Biblical Mystics in the "Life, Love, & Light" podcasts, we enter into the dramatic encounter of Moses, the "unlikely mystic." We experience his life-transforming encounter with Yahweh in the burning bush. We hear God's call to Moses to go back to Egypt to liberate the Israelites from slavery. We explore the meaning of the Divine Name given to Moses and the revelation of Christ as the Messiah given to Peter. We recognize the questions, doubts, objections, and even final...

Duration:00:46:40

Joseph & His Brothers

11/6/2020
In this episode of "Life, Love, & Light" podcasts on biblical mystics, we continue the story of Joseph and experience the dramatic encounters with his brothers who travel to Egypt during a severe famine, seeking food from the Grand Vizier. Little do they know that this great prince is actually their own brother Joseph, who they once sold into slavery. We see the ways in which Joseph severely tests his brothers in order to make them fully aware of their own guilt, and so that they may come to...

Duration:00:51:46

Joseph's Tragedy & Triumph

10/30/2020
In this week's "Life, Love, & Light" podcast, we embark on the saga of Joseph, the highly favored son of Jacob in the Book of Genesis. This self-contained story is based on ancient legends. But it was completely refashioned by Israelite narrators to create a deeply moving account of sibling jealousy, hatred, and betrayal; prophetic dreaming and the interpreting of dreams; severe testing and forgiveness; and above all, faith in divine protection. There is such a wide range of human emotions...

Duration:00:41:26

Jacob's Deceits & Dreams

10/23/2020
In this highly dramatic episode of Life, Love, & Light podcasts, we encounter the story of a most unlikely biblical mystic: Jacob, the son of Isaac. This crafty, wily man deceived his twin brother Esau not once but twice, stealing both his birthright and his father's blessing. Nevertheless Jacob became the recipient of divine revelations in extraordinary dreams. We examine the distasteful aspects of the saga as well as its ancient roots and intentional humor. We delve into Jacob's dreams and...

Duration:00:48:43

Heavenly Messengers

10/16/2020
In this second episode of "Biblical Mystics" on the Life, Love, & Light podcasts, we discover how God makes another covenant with Abram, during which his name is changed to Abraham and all the previous promises of land, wealth, fame, and blessings to his offspring are renewed and reinforced. Then, in another scene, Abraham is visited by three Heavenly Messengers. Who are these Heavenly Messengers? What is their message? It is such a dramatic story filled with very recognizable human...

Duration:00:30:35

Abram: Father of Faith

10/9/2020
In this Second Season of the Life, Love, & Light podcasts, we will explore a fascinating variety of biblical mystics -- the very mystics who inspired and guided Julian of Norwich, whose Revelations of Divine Love we explored during our First Season of podcasts. Indeed, mystics throughout the ages have always been steeped in and nurtured by the stories and characters of sacred Scripture. Over the next weeks and months, we will be meeting these men and women who faced major challenges and...

Duration:00:49:45

"Julian's Gospel"

10/2/2020
In this final episode of the Revelations of Julian of Norwich, she reflects that "This book is begun by God’s gift and his grace, but it is not yet performed, as to my sight." Julian is aware that until every soul is brought up to heaven, her shewings will not have been truly “seen” by all those for whom Christ intended them. Her greatest concern is that God’s work through the Revelations might be left incomplete. She begs her future readers, whom she will never know, to “pray together” out...

Duration:00:46:18

"A Lesson of Love"

9/25/2020
In this episode of the "Life, Love, & Light" podcasts, Julian of Norwich reveals the most sublime "lesson of love" that Christ gave her. It is perhaps the most important teaching of all, which sums up all the other teachings Julian received from her sixteen Revelations. She speaks of four essential things our courteous Lord wishes us to know; of the "the endlessness and the unchangeability of his love"; and "that the love between him and our souls shall never be separated in two without...

Duration:00:52:07

"Humility and Awe"

9/18/2020
In this episode of the "Life, Love, & Light" podcasts, Julian of Norwich considers the dangers of false humility and the great harm that comes to the soul because we think our sins are not forgiven. Julian warns us that "This dread we sometimes mistake for meekness, but it is a foul blindness and a weakness." Such false humility can do great harm to our love-relationship with God, leading us into doubt and despair; whereas, true humility trusts mightily in the Lord and rejoices in our...

Duration:00:46:57

"Mighty Trust in God"

9/11/2020
Following her Sixteenth Revelation, Julian of Norwich reflects on the three faces of Christ that we are shown in this life and also on the suffering that we must endure because of sin -- when we feel we have fallen "in a part of hell." But Julian reassures us that even though we may feel "dead" to ourselves, we are "not dead in the sight of God," who offers us pity, compassion, and mercy. Julian warns us -- just as she must have warned those who came to her anchorage window for spiritual...

Duration:00:47:46

"Christ in the Soul"

9/4/2020
In the Sixteenth and final Revelation, Julian of Norwich is gifted with an inner vision of Christ sitting in rest in her soul as in a vast citadel. He is "sovereign might, sovereign wisdom, and sovereign goodness." She understands that the soul is where God delights in dwelling, as his "homeliest home." Julian also hears the final locution -- or inner words -- spoken by Christ within her soul. These words assure her that “it was no raving that thou saw this day” during all her Revelations...

Duration:00:57:32