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Say Yes (3)

If you are here unfaithfully with us,
you’re causing terrible damage.
If you’ve opened your loving to God’s love,
you’re helping people you don’t know
and have never seen.
Is what I say true? Say yes quickly,
if you know, if you’ve known it
from before the beginning of the universe.


** For the season of Advent I am posting a reflection each Sunday on a theme from the lectionary readings and then during the week offering a poem each day to highlight that theme — see this past Sunday here **

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  1. The above is from notes I took while reading Weil, paraphrasing in my own words – Here’s an exact quote, from the French-to-English translation:

    “For it seemed to me certain, and I still think so today, that one can never wrestle enough with God if one does so out of pure regard for the truth. Christ likes us to prefer truth to him because, before being Christ, he is truth. If one turns aside from him to go toward the truth, one will not go far before falling into his arms.”

    Simone Weil, Letters IV, Spiritual Autobiography, p.27, in
    Waiting for God (Harper Perennial Classics) (Paperback), 2000

  2. On doubt and fidelity, in WAITING FOR GOD, the Jewish-Christian French mystic, Simone Weil said that if you feel you must turn away from God in search of truth, don’t be afraid, because you’ll soon find yourself swept up into the loving arms of God who is truth.