Nature is Never Spent!

Creo en Dios!

I am here at the OshKosh Jesuit Retreat House, on a team for one of the Ignatian Colleagues Program retreats. It was touch and go there whether I’d be able to come. After avoiding it for two and a half years, Covid finally hit me, and although my period of isolation ended Saturday evening, the program coordinator and I decided I should stay home unless I tested negative. Thanks be to God – I tested negative Saturday morning (I did the test twice to be sure) and here I am.

I’m just back from a glorious morning walk around the grounds. The lake…the birds….the trees….the grass – all remind of God’s creative touch. I found myself playing in my mind the final lines of Hopkins’ poem, God’s Grandeur. (Nature is never spent….There lives the dearest freshness deep down things….the Holy Ghost over the bent world broods with warm breast…

View original post 58 kelime daha

Nuzul Al Quran

Stars in Symmetry

Assalamualaikum and hello all to all the readers of this blog!

I havent posted anything much this time as I am quite busy with Ramadan and work, but I would just like to wish everyone Salam Nuzul Al Quran, in remembrance of the night when Islam’s holiest book, the Al Quran, was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.

Regular postings will resume soon.

View original post

Study : Other Religious Symbols in Islamic Art and Architecture Part 2 : The Swastika

Stars in Symmetry

Surprised? In this edition of the series I am going to discuss this particularly controversial symbol. I am going to write briefly about the origins and the misuse of this sacred religious symbol, and the usage in the world of Islamic art and architecture.

The Swastika is one of the symbols derived from foreign culture that intermingled with the Islamic Empire. How did this peculiar symbol got into the Islamic art?

History, Origins and Controversy

The swastika is a religious symbol from Eurasian cultures. The name swastika is derived from the Sanskrit word Svastika (स्वस्तिक) meaning “conductive to well-being’ It was used in the Indian subcontinent since 500BCE. However the usage can be seen in many different cultures and traditions, from North Europe, Greco-Roman, Central Asia, to the Far East.

It was seen as an auspicious symbol up until the 1930s, where the Nazis used a version of the icon…

View original post 376 kelime daha