Waiting for God

My dear father, I have made up my mind to write to you.I have been wondering lately about the will of God, what it means, and how we can reach the point of conforming ourselves to it completely I will tell you what I think about this SIMONE WEIL, LETTER I, WAITING FOR GODEmerging from the thought provoking discussions and correspondence Simone Weil had with the Rever My dear father, I have made up my mind to write to you.I have been wondering lately about the will of God, what it means, and how we can reach the point of conforming ourselves to it completely I will tell you what I think about this SIMONE WEIL, LETTER I, WAITING FOR GODEmerging from the thought provoking discussions and correspondence Simone Weil had with the Reverend Father Perrin, this classic collection of essays contains the renowned philosopher and social activist s most profound meditations on the relationship of human life to the realm of the transcendent An enduring masterwork and one of the most neglected resources of our century Adrienne Rich , Waiting for God will continue to influence spiritual and political thought for centuries to come Simone Weil has become a legend, and her writings are regarded as a classic document of our period THE NEW YORKER Her example, her achievements, her frustrations, her intellectual or moral or religious impasses, and her failures, self described or apparent to us from hindsight, all can serve to focus the mind, enlarge the heart, and stir the soul ROBERT COLES
Waiting for God My dear father I have made up my mind to write to you I have been wondering lately about the will of God what it means and how we can reach the point of conforming ourselves to it completely I will

  • Title: Waiting for God
  • Author: Simone Weil
  • ISBN: 9780060959708
  • Page: 401
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Waiting for God”

    1. Simone Weil’s Waiting for God was a Christmas gift for me in 2013, but one I received in time for Advent. As any serious reader knows, when one encounters a significant book/author—much like when you meet the right person—can be almost as important as the book itself.Waiting for God is an unlikely but apt Advent read. It is improbable in the sense Weil lived a more vibrant Christianity than most who claim to be ardent members of any known Christian denomination and yet she stopped short of [...]

    2. After reading her books, you have to ask, is Simone Weil a saint or is she crazy? After all, when she was ill with pneumonia, she allowed herself to eat just the amount she thought would be available to residents of German occupied France in the early 1940s – and starved herself at age 34.Why should we read Weil? Susan Sontag tells us we often measure truth in terms of the suffering of the author. Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Dostoevsky, Kafka, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Genet—and Simone Weil have thei [...]

    3. How does one offer an opinion much less a critique of a "classic" book? A number of my mentors, thoughtful friends, and respected teachers have noted Simon Weil's influence and have urged me to read her essays--but I resisted. I confess now my reluctance sprang from suspicion, an unfounded suspicion as it turns out that Simone Weil was simply another spiritual fad. It was the admonition by a respected friend to not buy the book unless I was prepared to be seriously challenged that, of course, wa [...]

    4. The Truth: I have given it five stars and I have included it in my 'favorites' shelf and surely I will add her to the list of my favourite authors. The truth is I have read only this book and even in this book I have not understood many of the passages. Let me explain or at least try to explain.Simone Weil: The Person:There was a short biographical sketch at the end of this book. It was really short and yet it was a life story that moved me. She was born in France in 1909 and she died in 1943. S [...]

    5. 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 Catholic woman writer and social activist. Like Day, she is intellectually rigorous and contemplative about the nature of faith and its relationship with the world militant. However, there similarities drop off – Day is grounded in the mechanics of the physical world, the demands and oversights o [...]

    6. Divided into a bio/intro, a series of letters to a Catholic priest (though not the replies), and several essays, "Waiting for God" is a very uneven and choppy book, and not at all easy to get through (it's taken me 6 attempts in the past year to finally read it). The introduction is unsatisfactory because it only serves to describe the life of Simone Weil, rather than explain it, and she most definitely longs to be explained. The collection of letters are filled with some interesting conundrums [...]

    7. A few years ago I encountered Weil and she had an immense effect on me. I try and revisit her periodically and am still very far from coming to any definite views on her life and thought. If she were fictional she'd probably be the greatest literary character of the twentieth century. The fact that she literally existed is endlessly haunting and strange. I go back and forth about whether she was serious philosopher. Her thought is violent and often shudders on the verge of utter incoherence. At [...]

    8. I was not the right reader for this book. Friends had recommended Weil knowing that I'm interested in theology even though I'm a non-theist. It's true I was impressed with Weil's intelligence and strong sense of what is right for her (like her explanation for why she doesn't get baptized), also her honesty about injustices committed through the church (if the Catholic church ever wants to be relevant, she suggests, it will have to say they've changed since the Inquisition). But this is coupled w [...]

    9. In places Simone Weil's writings indeed have a wondrous mystical quality; there I found myself captivated in the realm of the deeply spiritual and personal. Her reflections on experiencing God's love through the forsaken, the value of deemphasizing will, and adopting a stance of waiting for God intrigued me. I want to consider these further after having read this book.At other times, her writings seem shaped by the metric of the logical, mathematical proof - perhaps reflecting how she idealized [...]

    10. Reread in 2014 (2016, 2107). Original review HEREThe short chapter on "The Love of God and Affliction" is still the most profound piece ever written on suffering and affliction. Also, upon the reread, I found the Introduction by Leslie Fiedler much more insightful and well written than during my first read. Though Weil in later life retained socialist sympathies and toyed with naive political theories unrelated to her spiritual and moral explorations, it came as a surprise to me that Fiedler, a [...]

    11. In all honesty, I couldn't finish this book, so the rating is certainly incomplete. I found the half that I read so unbearable that I couldn't go on. The author is at best delusional and at worst a liar in regards to her faith. I had hoped for an honest, straightforward and enlightening look at faith and god but instead got the ravings of a zealot.

    12. Mysticism as an aspect of religious belief has always fascinated me because it is the purest form of worship or union one has to their maker. There are no intermediaries or dogma to govern behavior or process; the spiritual path is highly personal and individualistic. Simone Weil lived in a time of great upheaval and died as the Second World War was turning. In this book of letters and essays, Weil attempts to articulate her experiences and justifies her beliefs and actions as part of a philosop [...]

    13. Desde logo Simone Weil é uma figura fascinante: professora, ativista política e sindicalista, foge de França para Nova Iorque e morre com pouco mais de 34 anos em Londres de fadiga extrema depois da sua luta na resistência francesa. Como ela afirma neste seu livro até muito tarde a questão de Deus simplesmente não se colocava na sua vida. Oriunda de uma família fortemente judaica, apesar dos seus estudos de filosofia, nunca se definiu religiosamente como coisa alguma até ter vivido, o q [...]

    14. Simone Weil is one of the few writers who has expressed the staggering difficulty of faith. For this reason, and others, she is one of my personal heroes. She was a brilliant academic, and yet she lived in the world, suffering alongside others, choosing to share in the labor of the workers. She abhorred every ivory tower, whether academic or religious or political. She rejected every device that excluded her from the common world. Rather than considering the world from the abstracted throne of r [...]

    15. I expected this book to be interesting but I didn't expect it to be so spiritually helpful. even as she considered herself outside of the church in her letters to the priest, her words about doubt are shot through with so much faith. she displays an incredible understanding of the relationship between our earthly life and the life of heaven, it's amazing that she gathered so much experience and wisdom and insight in her short time on earth. in her essays she gives beautiful metaphors for how suf [...]

    16. Oh, Simone! You are so brilliantly spot-on about some things, but other things I’m just not so sure. This was precisely why we read this for class. My instructor wanted us to approach this text without taking either of two reductionist positions toward Weil: (a) she’s the “saint of our times,” as the introduction daringly asserts, (b) she’s a flat-out heretic. Weil obviously had a brilliant mind, and when she excels she does it brilliantly. Her bluntly passionate style was particularly [...]

    17. After a post on Brain Pickings, I added this to my to-read list. However, I don't think I'll be reading other works of Simone Weil anytime soon.In this collection - half letters, half essays - there are moments of remarkable insight:"When a human being is in any degree necessary to us, we cannot desire his good unless we cease to desire our own."Unfortunately these moments are eclipsed by pages and pages of obscurity. Perhaps it's simply a sign I haven't stretched my mind lately (true) or read m [...]

    18. Simone Weil’s "Waiting for God" was first published, posthumously, in 1951. And readers beware: "Waiting for God" is a dense, highly politicized book. (Weil had been a Marxist and trade unionist before encountering mysticism.) But her startling insights into the nature of God and God’s relationship to humanity remain fresh and are truly worth the struggle through this imposing text.Weil’s life was a short one. Born in Paris in 1909 to an agnostic, middle class Jewish family, she became a C [...]

    19. Simone Weil ends her Spiritual Autobiography: “every time I think of the crucifixion of Christ I commit the sin of envy.” Spiritual masochist, political anorexic, Weil is a “Saint in an age of alienation.” This is a posthumous collection of pieces, one of the century’s great books and one of my favorites. It marks her attraction to Christianity as a framework for experiencing evil and suffering during the war years before an untimely death in 1943. “Sin,” she writes “is a turning [...]

    20. "Maar ook zou men openlijk en officieel moeten erkennen dat de godsdienst uit niets anders bestaat dan uit aandacht. Voorzover zij beweert iets anders te zijn, sluit zij zichzelf onvermijdelijk op binnen de muren van de kerken, of zij verstikt alles, overal waar zij maar verschijnt. De religie dient geen andere plaats in de samenleving te willen opeisen dan die past bij de bovennatuurlijke liefde in de ziel."

    21. **Lengthy review alert**I don't think I've read anyone before Weil who is equal parts difficult yet beautiful; despite the rigorous mental work required, the effort is well-invested. Every now and then, Weil writes a sentence which I can comprehend. Comprehension percentage aside, every sentence seems to contain within it a profound weight. Perhaps, with more time given to reflection and contemplation, I would eventually understand such passages as this:"The penal apparatus is like a transmitter [...]

    22. Simone Weil argues that true attention is essential for the intellectual to come to love God and neighbor. This attention is developed through study. In one’s studies, the intellectual must wish to do her work correctly and contemplate her scholastic failures attentively. Weil wants to distinguish attention from muscular effort and from that will power that enables one to endure; rather it is a kind of intense waiting (60, 61). Weil especially argues that seemingly unfruitful scholastic effort [...]

    23. For years I've heard the name Simone Weil, but never got around to reading her works. One previous book, Letter to a Priest, I found interesting and it spurred me on to this second book, consisting of some of her letters & her essays. I found myself really connecting with the former, and zoning out over the latter. Weil was certainly one of the most honest persons of her time searching for truth. That included spiritual truth to which she was led, particularly in Catholicism, though she deli [...]

    24. No. No. No. Simone Weil once said to Simone de Beauvoir that the world needed a revolution that would feed all the people on earth. Simone de Beauvoir, responded that the purpose of life was not to make people happy, but to find the reason for life. Simone Weil responded, then, "It's easy to see you've never been hungry." So far, so good. But Weil's letters here are full of self-loathing, Manichean denial, and flights of unfathomable reasoning that it is hard to take her seriously as anything el [...]

    25. Problematizes the boundaries between who is "christian" and who is not. Also repaints the entire enterprise of spirituality as focus, attention. One of the gems that I found was that Weil discusses the danger of ideas. For example, the church is responsible for unleashing totalitarian power into the world. The church obviously failed at totally governing their body. But the fact that they tried unleashed the concept of totalitarian power. Fast forward some hundred years and one can see how the N [...]

    26. Simone Weil was a classic mystic and philosopher. She lived a short life (1909 France - 1943 England) but her writings are profound. To say this book is not an easy read is a gross understatement. Having read some passages 3 or 4 times, I would have to move on without fully understanding her meaning. I felt the title was explained in this quote from the book, "We do not obtain the most precious gifts by going in search of them but by waiting for them." I especially enjoyed her essay on the Lord' [...]

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