Get your free Julian of Norwich Prayer Cards

I am very excited to announce that I will soon be distributing Julian of Norwich prayer cards. The front of the card features an image of the Julian stained glass that is found in Norwich Cathedral, along with a quote from Julian; the back of the card features the prayer found in chapter 5 of Julian’s Revelation of Love. Here’s what the cards will look like:


The cards will be the same size as a typical business card (easy to fit in your wallet or purse) and will be printed on glossy card stock. Now, my agreement with the photographer whose image appears on the card is that I won’t sell them. So if you want one (or more), all you have to do is ask — my only request is that you cover the cost of the postage to get the cards to you. So just send me a self-addressed, stamped envelope, along with a note indicating how many of these holy cards you’d like (if you ask for more than five, I may or may not be able to send you all you want, depending on how the demand for them goes. But I promise to send up to five to anyone who asks, and more depending on availability). The cards will be ready in about a week — I’ll send them out to you as soon as I get them back from the printer.

Send your request to:

Carl McColman
PO Box 1146
Clarkston, GA 30021

P.S. What’s in it for me? Aside from the joy of getting Julian’s words out there, this is also a marketing piece, in that my blog’s URL is printed on the card. But it’s tastefully done, and of course the focus of the card is on Julian and her words — my name does not appear anywhere on it.

P.P.S. I promise not to sell or rent your contact information.

P.P.P.S. Update: I also have “Cloud of Unknowing” cards and free bookmarks — again, all available for a stamped envelope.

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Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

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  • phil foster

    Julian has business cards??? Sign me up, bro.

  • Carl McColman

    She does now. :-)

  • Liz


    I don’t know much about Julian of Norwich. I’m just now reading the collected works of another female mystic, Blessed Angela of Foligno. Do you happen to know how they compare to each other?

    I have to admit, what I’ve read so far is leaving me with more concerns than inspiration.

  • Carl McColman

    I don’t consider Blessed Angela to be nearly as important (or edifying!) as Mother Julian. Many of the mystics are dualistic and many are so caught up in the idea of holiness as self-abnegation before an implacably angry God, that their writing often comes across as harsh and unloving, particularly to our third millennium sensibilities. Even Julian, at places, reads like the screenplay to Mel Gibson’s “The Passion” — she goes into great (and gory!) detail about Christ’s suffering on the cross. I think we have to simply accept that as normative for her time. But what makes Julian so exceptional is not her emphasis on Christ’s suffering, but her equal emphasis on Christ’s courtesy and love. That’s where she shines.

  • Liz

    I will have to read more about her.

    Any books in particular that you would recommend?

  • Carl McColman

    I think the best edition of her work is Revelation of Love, translated by John Skinner. For a book about Julian, I really like All Shall Be Well: The Spirituality of Julian of Norwich for Today by Robert Llewelyn, who used to be the chaplain of the Julian Shrine in Norwich.

  • Liz

    Thanks, Carl.

  • Darrell Grizzle

    Put me down for 25! Let me know what your expenses are (printing, postage, etc.) for those 25 cards. This is a wonderful idea, and it looks like it will be a beautiful card!

  • Ian (Ian-S)

    The card looks great Carl. The design and typography complement the picture well, without drawing attention from the power within the words of the prayer.
    It’s good to think that some folks will want to find out more about Julian when they see your card.

    • Carl McColman

      Thanks, Ian! And I felt a pang of guilt when I saw your name, as I haven’t mailed your cards out yet… but I’ll do so this week. I think you’ll be very happy with them, and thanks again for your generous permission to use the image.

  • Fr. Harry Allagree, ObJN

    Carl, As a professed Oblate of the Order of Julian of Norwich I’m delighted that you’re distributing these Julian cards. Through a good friend in Norwich I was able to get a postcard picture of the window, which wasn’t accessible at the time I was in Norwich in May, 2007. For readers who want to know more about Julian, Liturgical Press just published Love’s Trinity — a translation of the Revelations by Fr. John Julian, OJN (the founder of OJN) with a commentary by Dr. Fred Roden, AOJN (Associate).

  • Carl McColman

    Thanks, Fr. Harry. Send me your address (and Fr. John Julian’s, for that matter) and I’ll gladly send you some of the cards.

  • Zion Mystic

    Carl McColman, do you still have these cards to give away?

  • Carl McColman

    Yes I do; just send me a self-addressed stamped envelope and I’ll get some out to you.

  • http://none elizabeth McCarthy

    Deighted that you are working on the spread of Julain devotion. Got a lovely card of her at Glastonbury Abbey Boston area recently

  • Joseph

    Hello and Thank you,

    I’m interested in 7 Julian of Norwich Pryer Cards. What should I send to cover postage & be sure to add a little extra for a donation?

    Thanks again,

  • Carl McColman

    Thanks, +Joseph. Regular postage should be fine, they’re not heavy. I can send you seven, but in your note, remind me that you’d like that many. Blessings, Carl

  • Lesley Morgan

    I just found your lovely offer of Julian cards. I am at the Order of St. Helena in Augusta and I know several sisters here who would love to have one. Are they still available?

    Many blessings!

    • Carl McColman

      Dear Lesley Morgan, yes, the Julian cards are still available. Please send a business sized SASE to me at PO Box 1146, Clarkston, GA 30021, and I’ll get some out to you.

  • Maria LaValle

    I am a member of the Lady Julian Women’s Bible Study group at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Hockessin DE. Is it possible to get 12 of the cards – one for each of us? If that is not possible, however many you can send us would be greatly appreciated. Just let me know what the postage will be.
    Thank you,