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By Gordon Davies

Simone Weil(d. 1943), a French philosopher and Christian mystic, was an outsider her whole life. She lost her job as a teacher because of her leftism. A Jew, she had to leave France to escape Nazi persecution. She was attracted to the Catholic Church but she never entered it because she could not reconcile herself with its worldliness and power. She died young in England, her health destroyed by her refusal to eat more than the rations of the poorest people in occupied France.

Her life was marked by a relentless search for authenticity and a radical compassion for the suffering of others. She worked in auto factories and farmers’ fields so that she could know the lives of the most excluded people in society.

“The extreme greatness of Christianity lies in the fact that it does not seek a supernatural remedy for suffering but a supernatural use for it.”

Although she never became a Catholic, she believed intensely in the divinity of Jesus and in the Church’s mission of presenting Jesus to the world.

She was attracted to Jesus as the one who gave suffering meaning.  We cannot avoid suffering, but we can make it mean something. As she wrote, “The extreme greatness of Christianity lies in the fact that it does not seek a supernatural remedy for suffering but a supernatural use for it.” Suffering can free us from our selfishness by letting us experience the feelings of others who suffer. Suffering can make us more human, and more like Jesus.

“Prisoners whose cells adjoin communicate with each other by knocking on the wall. The wall is the thing that separates them but it is also their means of communication. It is the same with us and God. Every separation is a link.”

To the person who is excluded and who suffers, God may seem absent. God also did not answer Jesus when he cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  But God is present in his silence.  She wrote: “Prisoners whose cells adjoin communicate with each other by knocking on the wall. The wall is the thing that separates them but it is also their means of communication. It is the same with us and God. Every separation is a link.”

We can know God in our life if we stop demanding answers of him: “The will of God. How to know it?  If we make a quietness within ourselves, if we silence all desires and opinions and if with love, without formulating any words, we bind our whole soul to think ‘Thy will be done’, the thing which after that we feel sure we should do (even though in certain respects we may be mistaken) is the will of God. For if we ask him for bread he will not give us a stone.”

* Quotations from Simone Weil, Grace and Gravity


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