"I was an ordinary woman, living in a world every bit as complex and uncertain as yours. Wars and natural disasters, foreign politics impinging upon national affairs, business and success and money-making taking up most of our attention, calls for revolution and reform, claims that the old ways were out-worn and a failure, new ideas and new fears coming along in a never-ending rush. I lived an ordinary life, trying to juggle the demands of my faith with the obligations of my life. When I had my visions, I thought I was crazy. When I was convinced they were true, I struggled to reconcile them with what I had been taught in church and what I had always believed was the right interpretation. It took me a long while, and I still didn’t get everything all at once. I’m not special, I’m not better than you. Even when I was having my visions, I was told I would sin, and I did. But you know what? That isn’t important. Here’s what is important. Here’s what I learned. I hope it will help you.”
“And this word: Thou shalt not be overcome, was said full clearly and full mightily, for assuredness and comfort against all tribulations that may come. He said not: Thou shalt not be tempested, thou shalt not be travailed, thou shalt not be afflicted; but He said: Thou shalt not be overcome. God willeth that we take heed to these words, and that we be ever strong in sure trust, in weal and woe. For He loveth and enjoyeth us, and so willeth He that we love and enjoy Him and mightily trust in Him; and all shall be well."
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Julian of Norwich
I don’t know if she wrote the first paragraph; the only source I could find for it was from here but whether she wrote it or not I like the message