Sunday, 19 February 2006

The suffering love of God

“God created through love and for love.... He created love in all its forms. He created beings capable of loving from all possible distances. Because no other could do it, he himself went to the greatest possible distance, the infinite distance. This infinite distance between God and God, this supreme tearing apart, this agony beyond all others, this marvel of love, is the crucifixion. Nothing can be further from God than that which has been made accursed.

“This tearing apart, over which supreme love places the bond of supreme union, echoes perpetually across the universe in the midst of the silence, like two notes, separate yet melting into one, like pure and heart-rending harmony. This is the Word of God. The whole creation is nothing but its vibration.”

—Simone Weil, Waiting for God (New York: Putnam, 1951), pp. 121-22. [Thanks to Kim Fabricius for putting me on to this extraordinary book!]

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