The Bishop of Digne: dropping keys for prisoners

The Bishop of Digne is a key character of Les Miserables. He is the one who offers Jean Valjean refuge, who treats him as an “honoured guest” and a shelter from the rules which allows Valjean to change his mind to the question which echoes through the story: the question of “who am I?” Valjean, or, rather, Prisoner […]

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 […]