Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Thought for the Day: Two Religious Traditions, Same Vision of Spiritual Life

Work more with a desire than with futile strength. . . . It is not what you are, and not what you have been, but what you wish to be that God considers with his merciful eyes.

The Cloud of Unknowing

Solomon’s mosque beyond matter is one that each of us must build. There’s no way to say how it will look, constructed as it is of what we intend and compassionate action.

Rumi, "Masnavi," in The Soul of Rumi: A New Collection of Ecstatic Poems, trans. Coleman Barks (NY Harper, 2002), p. 283.