The reason we are troubled by our sins is because of our ignorance of love. We are most blind to this knowledge, for some of us believe God is all-power and able to do all, and that He is all-wisdom and knows how to do all. But that He is all love and will do all – there we stop. This ignorance is what most hinders God’s lovers. A persistent fear hinders us because we pay attention to ourselves and the sins we have done in the past. We do not know how to despise the sin of self-hatred as we do other sins which we do recognize.
- Julian of Norwich, Showings