“The mysteries of faith are degraded if they are
made into an object of affirmation and negation,
when in reality they should be an object of contemplation.”
Simone Weil (1909-43)
A French Jewish writer, Simone Weil, radical in her political and social thought, was deeply drawn to the Catholic Church even though she never converted. She upheld such uncompromisingly high standards for being a Christian that she not only felt unworthy, but also found it impossible to join a church full of blemishes. Of one of her most powerful inner experiences she writes, “Christ came down and took me.” He took possession of her in the deepest center of her soul. It seemed that God invaded her being and broke down her barriers and defenses. All her attention and waiting had found an answer.
From Christian Mystics by Ursula King