Contemplative Responses to Our World

The capacity to pay attention to an afflicted person is something very rare, very difficult; it is nearly a miracle. It is a miracle. Nearly all those who believe they have this capacity do not. Warmth, movements of the heart, and pity are not sufficient.

Simone Weil, in Awaiting God, translated by Brad Jersak

Attention, taken to its highest degree, is the same thing as prayer. It presupposes faith and love.   Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer.

Simone Weil, in An Anthology

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