Interfaith dialogue in practice

The Necessity of Interfaith Dialogue

The Necessity of Interfaith Dialogue People are talking about peace, contentment, ecology, justice, tolerance, and dialogue. Unfortunately, the prevailing materialist worldview disturbs the balance between humanity and nature and within individuals. This harmony and peace only occurs when the material and spiritual realms are reconciled. Religion reconciles opposites: religion—science, this...

The Wisdom of Rumi

The Wisdom of Rumi Main articles: Rumi, Jalaladdin al – Rumi, Mevlânâ Celâleddin Mehmed Rumi’s Biography, Prayers Of Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi, Prayers Quotes by Rumi , Rumi Quotes, Poems by Rumi His poetry speaks the universal language of love, faith, and tolerance, and he has been hailed by numerous literary...

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Self-Discipline: Persistence

Self-Discipline: Persistence Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The...

Self-Discipline: Industry

Self-Discipline: Industry Industry is working hard. In contrast to hard work, being industrious doesn’t necessarily mean doing work that’s challenging or difficult. It simply means putting in the time. You can be industrious doing easy work or hard work. Imagine you have a baby. You’ll spend a lot of time...

Self-Discipline: Hard Work

Self-Discipline: Hard Work The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work. – Oprah Winfrey Hard work — yet another dirty word. Hard Work Defined My definition of hard work is that which challenges you....

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Self-Discipline: Willpower

Self-Discipline: Willpower The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. – Vince Lombardi Willpower — such a dirty word these days. How many commercials have you seen that attempt to position their products...

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Self-Discipline: Acceptance

Self-Discipline: Acceptance The first of the five pillars of self-discipline is acceptance. Acceptance means that you perceive reality accurately and consciously acknowledge what you perceive. This may sound simple and obvious, but in practice it’s extremely difficult. If you experience chronic difficulties in a particular area of your life, there’s...

Self-Discipline And Willpower

Self-Discipline

Self-Discipline This week I’ll be blogging a series on self-discipline. New posts on this topic will appear every day Mon-Fri. I’ve also added a new self-discipline category. In this series I’ll be focusing on what I call the five pillars of self-discipline. The Five Pillars of Self-Discipline The five pillars of...

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On Patience

On Patience Erasmus infers from the style and language of this piece, that it is not St. Augustine’s, putting it in the same category with the treatises On Continence, On substance of Charity, On Faith of things invisible. The Benedictine editors acknowledge that it has peculiarities of style which are calculated...

Of Patience

Of Patience Chapter 1. Of Patience Generally; And Tertullian’s Own Unworthiness to Treat of It I fully confess unto the Lord God that it has been rash enough, if not even impudent, in me to have dared compose a treatise on Patience, for practising which I am all unfit, being a man of no...

What Is Sabr?

Sabr (Patience) Sabr (صَبْرٌ‎, ṣabr) (literally ‘endurance’ or more accurately ‘perseverance’ and ‘persistence’[1]) is one of the two parts of faith (the other being shukr).[2] It teaches to remain spiritually steadfast and to keep doing good actions in the personal and collective domain, specifically when facing opposition or encountering problems, setbacks, or unexpected and unwanted...

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Forgiveness Goes Beyond Those Three Virtues

Forgiveness Justice has the nature of an equation: Borrowing 10 dollars requires returning 10 dollars. When justice is violated, punishment or restitution of some kind is required. Herein is the timeless significance of bringing the scales of justice back into balance. Injustice demands a counter balancing repayment. Clemency goes beyond...

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What Is Compassion?

Compassion Today, the entire globe but especially certain parts of the world are passing through a critical turn, which is more dangerous than ever. The destruction of the power balance, chaotic situations and utter confusion at any moment seem to be inescapable. Communities and diverse groups within communities live with...

What Is The Virtue of Justice?

The Virtue of Justice Being just to other people, however, presupposes a more fundamental order of justice in which we name things justly. We could not fulfill our obligation in justice to pay another the ten dollars we owe him if we fail to call a sawbuck a sawbuck, and...

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Importance Of Patience On Misfortunes

Importance Of Patience On Misfortunes Just as gratitude increases Divine bounty, so too complaint increases misfortune, and removes all occasion for compassion. During World War One, a blessed person in Erzurum was afflicted with an awesome disease. I went to visit him and he said to me complaining bitterly: “I...

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Is Tolerance a Virtue?

Is Tolerance a Virtue? Tolerance, of itself, is not a virtue. The great Catholic philosopher Jacques Maritain has stated that “the man who says: ‘What is truth?’ as Pilate did, is not a tolerant man, but a betrayer of the human race.” There is genuine tolerance, he goes on to...

Pope Francis shakes hands with Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb, grand imam of Egypt's al-Azhar mosque and university, during a document signing at an interreligious meeting at the Founder's Memorial in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 4, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-UAE-DIALOGUE Feb. 4, 2019.

Muslims, Catholics and The Common Purpose of Justice and Peace

Muslims, Catholics and The Common Purpose of Justice and Peace Introduction It is the argument of this paper that Muslims and Catholics are natural partners in the work of justice and peace. This partnership comes from their mutual respect for each other’s religions, that allows them to identify commonalities in...

Humanity

Humanity As A Virtue

Humanity As A Virtue Humanity is a virtue associated with basic ethics of altruism derived from the human condition. Humanity differs from mere justice in that there is a level of altruism towards individuals included in humanity more so than the fairness found in justice.[1] That is, humanity, and the acts of love, altruism, and social intelligence are typically individual strengths...

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Kindness

What Is Kindness? Kindness is the act or the state of being kind, being marked by good and charitable behavior, pleasant disposition, and concern for others. It is known as a virtue, and recognized as a value in many cultures and religions  In philosophy According to book two of Aristotle’s...

Justice As A Virtue

Justice (virtue) Justice is one of the four cardinal virtues in classical European philosophy and Roman Catholicism. It is the moderation or mean between selfishness and selflessness – between having more and having less than one’s fair share.[1] Justice is closely related, in Christianity, to the practice of Charity (virtue) because it...

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