I saw a part of the compassion of our Lady, Saint Mary.

For Christ and she were so made one in love that the greatness of her loving was cause of the greatness of her pain.

For in this shewing I saw natural love, continued by grace, that creatures have to Him.

Which kind Love was most fully shewed in His sweet Mother, and overpassing; for so much as she loved Him more than all other, her pains passed all other.

For ever the higher, the mightier, the sweeter that the love be, the more sorrow it is to the lover to see that body in pain that is loved.

And all His disciples and all His true lovers suffered pains more than their own bodily dying.

For I am sure by mine own feeling that the least of them loved Him so far above himself that it passeth all that I can say.

Here saw I a great one-ing betwixt Christ and us, to mine understanding: for when He was in pain, we were in pain.

And all creatures that might suffer pain, suffered with Him: that is to say, all creatures that God hath made to our service.

The firmament, the earth, failed for sorrow in their nature in the time of Christ’s dying.

For it belongeth naturally to their property to know Him for their God, in whom all their virtue standeth.

When He failed, then it behoved them, because of kindness between them, to fail with Him, as much as they might, for sorrow of His pains.

And thus they that were His friends suffered pain for love…

…Thus was our Lord Jesus made-naught for us; and all we stand in this manner made-naught with Him, and shall do till we come to His bliss: as I shall tell after.

Julian of Norwich (1342-1416): Showings, ch. 18.