Also God showed that sin shall not be shame, but honor to man – for just as for every sin there is a corresponding pain in reality, just so, for every sin, to the same soul is given a blessing by love. Just as various sins are punished with various pains according to how grievous they are, just so shall they be rewarded with different joys in heaven for their victories after the sins have been painful and sorrowful to the soul on earth. —Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love
Father of love and truth, we find our greatest joy in loving you above all things. By your Spirit, may the compassion you have shown to us in Christ fill the church, and those called by his name live according to his self-giving ways; through the same, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.