Julian of Norwich, Patron of Cats (statue)

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Patron of Cats

Julian of Norwich (1342 – c. 1416), the great English mystic and visionary, lived as an anchorite in a cell built into the wall of a church, prayed and gave counsel to visitors. A longstanding legend is that Julian had a cat in her cell; a stained-glass church window in Norwich shows Julian with her cat. It is easy to imagine the two contemplatives together, and easy to understand the practical reason why the only other living soul allowed in an anchorite's cell was a cat --- to keep rats and mice at bay. To this day, the site of her (and her companion cat's) cell is a place of pilgrimage.

Cast in stone and painted by hand. Includes gift box & story card. Stands or hangs on hook. 5 ¼ " x 5 ¼" x 1 ¾" Made in USA.
Julian of Norwich

Julian of Norwich (ca. 8 November 1342 – ca. 1416) was an English anchoress who is regarded as one of the most important Christian mystics. Julian spent much of her life as an anchorite, that is, as a vowed religious living by herself in a small room attached to the parish church of St. Julian. Beyond this, little is actually known about Dame Julian, as she was called. She is venerated in the Anglican and Lutheran churches, but has never been canonized, or officially beatified, by the Catholic Church, probably because so little is known of her life aside from her writings. There is also scholarly debate as to whether Julian was a nun in a nearby convent, or even a laywoman. Even her name is uncertain, the name "Julian" coming from the church to which her cell was attached.

At the age of 30 and a half, suffering from a severe illness and believing she was on her deathbed, Julian had a series of intense visions of Jesus Christ. They ended by the time she recovered from her illness on 13 May 1373. She was at home during her near death experience, and gives no mention of her personal life up until that point. Julian wrote down a narration of the visions immediately following them; twenty to thirty years later she wrote a theological exploration of the meaning of the visions, which are the source of her major work, called Sixteen Revelations of Divine Love (ca. 1393). This is believed to be the first book written in the English language by a woman. Julian became well known throughout England as a spiritual authority: the English mystic (and author of the first known autobiography written in England) Margery Kempe mentions going to Norwich to speak with her.

Julian's writings are noted for their spiritual depth and theological courage, for their literary elegance and the spirit of joy and humility that permeates them. In a medieval church which emphasized God's condemning wrath, Julian wrote, 'There is no wrath in God….It is the most impossible thing that can be that God would be angry, for wrath and friendship are two opposites.' Just as striking is Julian's perception of the feminine element in God. 'As truly as God is our Father,' Julian wrote, 'so truly God is our Mother.' Unparalleled in English religious literature, her Revelations spans the most profound mysteries of the Christian faith—such as the problems of predestination, the foreknowledge of God, and the existence of evil. The clarity and depth of her perception, the precision and accuracy of her theological presentation, and the sincerity and beauty of her expression reveal a mind and personality of exceptional strength and charm.
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Just what I wanted
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Sep 1, 2015  |  By Bernard Carman
Met my expectations. Was a gift to close friends who love it.
Bernard Carman

Lovely statue
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Nov 22, 2016  |  By Anna Rose
A friend is an Oblate of Julian of Norwich. This is a perfect gift for her! I like the rather primitive look of the clay. Very natural looking. The product is heavy, so if you are going to mail it to someone, expect to pay a bit of postage.
Anna Rose

Love It!
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Dec 17, 2016  |  By Jo Marie T.
This little statue warms my heart every time I look at it. It is very solidly made and is just a lovely, unique altar item
Jo Marie T.

Absolutely beautiful
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Mar 16, 2018  |  By Dustin
She sits on my home altar during Lent as I have Up fear for lent. When I light votives on either side of her she shimmers with a calming and beautiful slight smile. All shall be well and all manner of things shall be well! I absolutely love it.

My Cats Love It
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon May 22, 2019  |  By Richard B.
As long-time cat owners this homage to the patron saint of cats was very attractive. The sculpture is small enough to sit unobtrusively on a table but large and distinctive enough to enjoy. My cats were a little standoffish when first put on a table but now the piece has been accepted as just another cat-lover in the house.
Richard B.