Waiting for God

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Harper Collins, 1951 - Philosophy - 156 pages
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Emerging from thought-provoking discussions and correspondence Simone Weil had with the Reverend Father Perrin, this classic collection of essays contains her most profound meditations on the relationship of human life to the realm of the transcendant. An enlightening introduction by Leslie Fiedler examines Weil's extraordinary roles as a philosophy teacher turned mystic. "One of the most neglected resources of our century ", Waiting for God will continue to influence spiritual and political thought for centuries to come.


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User Review  - Adam - Goodreads

Raised a secular Jew, Weil became a Christian mystic after experiencing a religious ecstasy in a church, falling to her knees and praying.* She thought that creation is the absence of God's perfection ... Read full review

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User Review  - Leah - Goodreads

Is 'mystic' a polite way of saying 'unintelligible'? I first encountered Simone Weil while reading The Long Loneliness, the autobiography of Dorothy Day; Weil came recommended to me as another ... Read full review


Letter I
Letter II
Letter III
Letter V
Reflections on the Right Use of School Studies with
The Love of God and Affliction
Forms of the Implicit Love of God

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Born in Paris, Weil came from a highly intellectual family. After a brilliant academic career at school and university, she taught philosophy interspersed with periods of hard manual labor on farms and in factories. Throughout her life she combined sophisticated and scholarly interests with an extreme moral intensity and identification with the poor and oppressed. A twentieth-century Pascal (see Vol. 4), this ardently spiritual woman was a social thinker, sensitive to the crises of modern humanity. Jewish by birth, Christian by vocation, and Greek by aesthetic choice, Weil has influenced religious thinking profoundly in the years since her death. "Humility is the root of love," she said as she questioned traditional theologians and held that the apostles had badly interpreted Christ's teaching. Christianity was, she thought, to blame for the heresy of progress. During World War II, Weil starved herself to death, refusing to eat while victims of the war still suffered.

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