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THE GUARDIAN, APRIL 30, 1982 PAGE 5 -KNOW YOUR FAITH Sponsored By Arkansas State Council Knights of Columbus By Dolores Leckey THE most striking of God" in this was a young Fren- lan, Simone Well. her ancestors were she was raised in an environment which the disciplines of life of the mind, I is rich in possibilities God's grace. and humble search through science, medicine -- even mathematics - can en and women to the ystery as the course of the quest, they friends of God. with that thought in that I recall Miss Weil te Travel Can Find God's Grace MISS WElL was a complex personality and her life reflected that fact. She taught school; she worked in fac- tories and vineyards; she wrote about the social and political problems of the 1930's. Each strand in her life reflected absolute com- mitment to intellectual and moral honesty. Her friends were few, but one, Father Henri Perrin, a leader in the Catholic worker- priests movement in France, became her spiritual con- fidant. Overcoming a natural reticence to talk about her- self, she wrote Father Perrin a long letter on the eve of her departure from France, an exile forced by the govern- ment of occupied France. The letter, a form of spiritual autobiography, relates her journey to a mystical encounter with Christ -- an event which, in the minds of many, underscores her sanctity. Cords SHE RELATES that the Accepted intellectual and artistic heritage of many civilizations helped lead her to that ili!ii mystical moment An im- portant step along the way was her introduction to the 17th-century metaphysical English poets. She would recite George Herbert's beautiful poem, "Love," over and over, she wrote, "without Bob Peters knowing the recitation had the Manager virtue of a prayer." HORIZON During one of those recitations, Christ entered her AGENCY life decisively. In com- menting about the ex- McCain Park Drive perience, Miss Well stated le Rock, AR 72116 that she had not read any of 7S8-2211 the Christian mystics. She regarded this as a blessing since it provided some evidence that she had not invented this unexpected contact. Her notion of prayer was that of "absolute attention to God." One of her practices was saying the "Lord's Prayer" in Greek. If her attention wandered during the prayer, she began again until she had succeeded in going through it with absolutely pure attention. THAT REMINDS me of something the late Abraham Heschel said: "GOd is of no importance if not of absolute importance." Miss Well's intellectual efforts helped her develop a disciplined and purposeful approach to prayer. She even believed that school lessons could be a training for prayer. 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DESPITE HER mystical experiences, despite her Christian prayer forms, despite her attendance at Mass, Miss Well was never baptized. She argued this question in depth with her friend and spiritual guide, Father Perrin. She concluded, finally, that her particular role in the plan of God was to be identified with people living on the margins of society and the outcasts and she felt this meant remaining on the margin in terms of becoming a church member as well. She admitted it was possible that one day she might feel an irresistible impulse to ask for baptism, but until then, she felt she had to wait. MISS WELL'S life ended "To serve as we would be served" OWENS FUNERAL HOME 5509 J.F.K. NORTH LrFFLE ROCK 374-0312 before that impulse ever came. In the fall of 1942, she joined the French provisional government in Britain. There, she embarked on a modified fast, refusing to eat any more than the rations allowed the men and women who remained in occupied France. Her health was never robust and this act of solidarity with her own people culminated in her death at the age of 34. This last sentence found in her notebook after her death was, "The most important part of education is to teach the meaning of 'to know.'" The constant pull of the desire to know is a fitting way to summarize the meaning in this unusual French woman's life. Similarly, the steady impulse toward fuller knowledge can help to move others into the infinite stream of God's grace. 1982 NC News Service THE BROTHERS OF THE POOR Of ST. FRANCIS NEED YOUR DEDICATED LIFE for the religious, in- tellectual, and physical guidance of young people during their most critical years. Curious? Interested? 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