And from the time that this was shown, I often longed to know what our Lord meant. And fifteen years and more later my spiritual understanding received an answer,
which was this:
“Do you want to know what your Lord meant?
Know well that love was what he meant.
Who showed you this? Love.
What did he show? Love.
Why did he show it to you? For love.
Hold fast to this and you will know and understand more of the same;
but you will never understand or know from it anything else for all of eternity.”
This is how I was taught that our Lord’s meaning was love. And I saw quite certainly in this and in everything that God loved us before he made us; and his love has never diminished and never shall. And all his works were done in this love; and in this love he has made everything for our profit; and in this love our life is everlasting.
We had our beginning when we were made; but the love in which he made us was in him since before time began; and in this love we have our beginning. And all this shall be seen in God without end, which may Jesus grant us. Amen.
—Julian of Norwich
Failure of love on our part is the only cause of all our suffering.