I keep bumping into Simone Weil in my daily book wanderings. This latest is from "For the Time Being" by Annie Dillard:
If I were having coffee with Simone, I'd ask her if it hurt her to bend her intellect into such positions just to provide evidence for something that is almost completely lacking here below - Divine Mercy.
I've got Simone's book Gravity and Grace on reserve at the Library. I will find it very interesting to read the rest of the context for that little snippet above.
Until then, from my own experience, point by point:
1.) My experience of God - dial tone. Just like dear old Dad - silence. So - no real evidence provided here.
2.) The radiance and compassion of people who know God - I'll give her this one. When you bump into people like this, you know it. Even I can discern it. In my gut I can discern it. I've encountered people like this maybe a handful of times.
3.) The beauty of the natural world - I think the beauty of the natural world speaks for itself and has no truck with providing evidence of merciful deities.
4.) The complete absence of mercy here below - This seems just like an intellectual contortion, a bit of chicken wire armature supporting a paper mache figurine of a merciful God.
Can't wait for the book to arrive..