When, in grace


"In the end, only three things matter
how much you loved,
how gently you lived,
how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you."


"Grace means more than gifts,
In grace, something is transcended,
once and for all overcome.
Grace happens in spite of something;
it happens in spite of separation and alienation.
Grace means life is once again reconciled with life,
self is reconciled with self.
Grace means accepting the abandoned one.
Grace transforms fate into a meaningful vocation.
It transforms guilt to trust and courage.
The word grace has something triumphant in it."


"In general, we must not wish for 
the disappearance of any of our troubles, 
but the grace to transform them.

For men of courage, 
physical sufferings (and privation)
are often a test of endurance 
and of strength of soul.

But there is a better use 
to be made of them.
For me, then, may they not be that.

May they rather be a testimony, 
lived and felt, of human misery.
May I endure them 
in a completely passive manner.
Whatever happens, how could I ever think
an affliction too great,
since the wound of an affliction,
and the abasement to which 
those whom it strikes are condemned,
opens to them the knowledge of
human misery, knowledge which 
is the door of all wisdom?"

-Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace, "Decreation"


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