The Guest House

The Guest House This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still treat each guest honourably. […]

Hidden Islam & Makeshift Places of Worship

“Consider these facts. In Italy the right to worship, without discrimination, is enshrined within the constitution. There are 1.35 million Muslims in Italy and yet only eight official mosques in the whole country. … This shortage of places to worship is particularly acute in North East Italy as the right wing Lega Nord party campaigns […]

Playing chess with God

14th century poet Hafiz suggests two ways of playing God at chess. What is the difference Between your Existence And that of a Saint? The saint knows That the spiritual path Is a sublime chess game with God And that the beloved Has just made such a fantastic move That the saint is now continually […]

Holding hands and climbing

Exploring the habits of the heart crucial for sustaining a democracy Parker J Palmer, in Healing the Heart of Democracy, highlights this poem by Hafez, a 13th century Persian poet . The poem is called Out of a Great Need Out of a great need we are holding hands and climbing. Not loving is a letting go. Listen, the terrain […]

>Equal in the sight of God

>I have been following Riazat Butt’s pilgrimage to Mecca. It sounds a wonderful experience – millions of people moving together in worship of God. One of the principles of Haj, and one of the beauties of Islam is the practice of equality – we are all equal in the eyes of God. In prayer Muslims […]

>9/11 #9

>Maggi Dawn’s blog led me to Charles Strohmer‘s excellent piece on the contorversy surrounding this year’s 9/11 anniversary. News coverage has been centred on the threatened Qur’an burnings – which has taken over from this solemn time of remembrance. Elsewhere, Strohmer draws attention to Greek theatre and the development of theory. he writes: “in the […]