Sri Eknath Easwaran distinguishes two kinds of spiritual reading: that of instruction and that of inspiration. Simone Weil’s book, Waiting for God, is an example of the latter, as it is fecund with material for examining one’s life and path. Reading her brought to mind the Buddhists Thich Nhat Hanh and Chan Khong, Hindu Sri Anandamayi Ma, and Catholics Dom Pedro Casaldáliga and José María Vigil who espoused “political holiness.” Her essay “Reflections on the Right Use of School Studies with a View to the Love of God” is superb.
I offer a short selection in what follows…
Method of investigation— as soon as one has arrived at any position, try to find in what sense the contrary is true.
Except for those whose whole soul is inhabited by Christ, everybody despises the afflicted to some extent, although practically no one is conscious of it.
I love the saints through their writings and what is told of their lives … I love the six or seven Catholics of genuine spirituality whom chance has led me to meet in the course of my life. I love the Catholic liturgy, hymns, architecture, rites and ceremonies.
I fell in love with Saint Francis of Assisi as soon as I came to know about him. Read the rest of this entry »