Thursday, July 10, 2008

Juxtaposing Catholic and Muslim Writers: Rohr and Hafiz

Friends, Family,

I found this timely to receive. My friend Daniel Kerkoff sent the following words in an email this morning. I'm not sure if Daniel placed them together, or if he heard them in succession as he was listening to some contemplative prayer CD's by Fr. Rohr.

Regardless, there's much to reflect on here in the questions of the Franciscan and the poetry of the Muslim mystic.



From Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer
by Fr. Richard Rohr, OSF.

Inherent Unmarketability

How do you make attractive that which is not?

How do you sell emptiness, vulnerability, and nonsuccess?

How do you talk descent when everything is about ascent?

How can you possibly market letting-go in a capitalist culture?

How do you present Jesus to a Promethean mind?

How do you talk about dying to a church trying to appear perfect?

This is not going to work

(admitting this might be my first step).

--Richard Rohr


Pulling out the chair

Beneath your mind

And watching you fall upon God--

There is nothing else for Hafiz to do

That is any fun in this world!

--Shams-ud-din Mohammed Hafiz,

Muslim mystic (1320-1388)

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