Religion: Was She a Saint?

Was She a Saint? It may be a long time before the Christian world knows what to make of the Frenchwoman named Simone Weil. She was born (in 1909) into an agnostic Jewish family, and died (in 1943) a passionate Christian mystic (TIME, Jan. 15). She was deeply influenced by Roman Catholicism, but could never bring herself to become a Catholic, or even to be baptized. She wrote hardly a line for publication, but her diaries, letters and a few essays contain a vivid and challenging sense of the presence of God.

Was Simone Weil perhaps a saint? She practiced the kind...

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