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Author QuotedJacques Cabaud
Title QuotedSimone Weil: A Fellowship in Love
Date (Year/Month/Day)1965/03/02
ImprintLondon : Harvill Press. 1964
QuotationI am reading a good biography of Simone Weil, which I have to review for Peace News. [Note 15: Merton reviewed Jacques Cabaud's Simone Weil: A Fellowship in Love (1964) in Peace News, (April 2, 1965): 5, 8.] I am finally getting to know her, and have a great sympathy for her, though I cannot agree with a lot of her attitudes and ideas. Basically-I wonder what disturbs me about her. Something does. In her experience of Christ, for example. "Gnostic" rather than "mystical." But one had to admit, she seems to have seen this herself and she did not cling to it. "The attic" was a place she had to leave behind. Her mystique of action and "the world" is her true climate now familiar-and I think more authentic (though the other was not inauthentic). For a time I think Catholics were running to Simone Weil to learn this but now they have forgotten her and Teilhard de Chardin is the prophet of this cosmic Christianity (and yet what about St. Francis?).
Quotation SourceDancing in the Water of Life: Seeking Peace in the Hermitage. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 5, 1963-1965.; Edited by Robert E. Daggy. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1997, p. 212
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