Light in darkness

On September 11, I was scheduled to lecture on Simone Weil’s classic essay, “The Love of God and Affliction.” I never made it to class—it was canceled due to the devastating, horrifying news of the World Trade Center attacks. We immediately organized a prayer service for the divinity school community—but what could be said, even in the context of prayer? What words could explain my own feelings, and especially the pain of those affected directly and the pain experienced by friends and colleagues frantically trying to get in touch with loved ones in New York City? How could I name the emptiness, the pain, the horror?

 

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