Etchings in the Sand…

Thoughts and Photos from the Desert…

Pointing at the Moon…

Sr. Joan Chittister writes:

“The Sufi tell of disciples who, when the death of their master was clearly imminent, became totally bereft. ‘If you leave us, Master,’ they pleaded, ‘how will we know what to do?’

“And the Master replied, ‘I am nothing but a finger pointing at the moon. Perhaps, when I am gone, you will see the moon.’

The meaning is clear: it is God that religion must be about, not itself. When religion makes itself God, it ceases to be religion.”

…from Called to Question.


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