Fra Angelico’s Mocking of Christ (1440–1442). Florence, Convent of San Marco.

These are excerpts from Weil’s essay, “La Personne et le sacré,” translated by Richard Rees into English as “Human Personality.”

At the bottom of the heart of every human being, from earliest infancy until the tomb, there is something that goes on indomitably expecting, in the teeth of all experience…

D. Alan Dean

Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico. Studied English literature in the PhD program at Johns Hopkins. Questions or comments? Reach me at

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