Warmth is Insufficient. Attention is Necessary

Author: Simone Weil
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"Prayer is made of attention. It is the direction towards God of all the attention that the soul is capable of. The quality of the attention makes for much of the quality of the prayer. It cannot be replaced by the heart's warmth."

I am struck by the fact that so many people feel that simply the heart's warmth is what makes for love. For Weil, love is also comprised of the intellects willed focus, the careful study. The scratching of the scholar's pen.

In order to love, one must reflect deeply, thinking, praying, and, yes, reasoning.

Is this true? What do you think?

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About the Author

Hi. My name is Jeremy John. I'm a scifi writer and activist working to build a liberationist Christianity.

Right now, I'm writing a dystopian science fiction novel, and building a website that will connect farms and churches, mosques, and synagogues to buy fresh vegetables directly and distribute them on a sliding scale to those in need.

In 2003, I spent six months in prison for civil disobedience while working to close the School of the Americas, converting to Christianity while I was in the clink.

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