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Date of Award

1995

Document Type

Graduate Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Theology

Department

School of Theology • Seminary

First Advisor

Helen Rolfson, OSF

Abstract

Simone Wei! is perhaps one of the most brilliant and sensitive spiritual writers of this present century. Part One explores the biographical details of her short but potent life, full of passionate learning and teaching, social and political activism on behalf of the oppressed, and desire for all human beings to attain their destiny of truth. The cooperation of her genius, activism, and soul inspired acts of sacrificial love and uncompromising belief in the power of transformation. Part Two considers the deeper intellectual impetus behind Simone's actions and spiritual ideas. Her profound convictions include areas of Innate Christianity, expanded sacramentology, the vocation of solidarity, and affliction as a means of transformation into God. The fierce integrity with which she lived and died challenge and empower any reader to consider the divine and transforming potential of any human action.

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