Was there ever a subject more volatile than that of Religion? Countless
wars have been fought over it. Millions and millions of people have died
for it. Countries have been subjugated because of it. Entire nations,
tribes and communities have been wiped out. All in the name of . . .
But what is religion? Is it dogma?
“Prescribed doctrine, specific tenets, authoritative principles, established
beliefs?” And established by whom? Is it Liturgy? “A collection of
formularies for public worship, a particular arrangement of service?” Or
could it be tradition? “The handing down of statements, beliefs, legends,
customs from generation to generation; a long-established or inherited way
of thinking or acting, a body of laws or doctrines?” Tradition doesn’t
carry with it the volatility of history and colonialism as does religion.
But is one tradition of “statements, beliefs, legends, and customs” apply to
everyone the world over? Is that one tradition to become the religion
of all? Or is religion simply spirituality? “Pertaining to the spirit or
The word religion is derived from the Latin religio
which means, “re-linking or reunion.” Then what are we “re-linking” to?
What is our Source, our Cosmic Roots? What, whom are we created from?
Could everyone’s Source be different and right for them? If we could prove
there is a Divine Source, what would the Divine be?
Are we made in the likeness of the Divine? Or is the Divine
made in the likeness that we create Her/Him to be? The truth is as hard to
grasp as water through desperate fingers. Desperate, to contain and claim
the "One Truth." As if anothers truth could somehow invalidate our own
belief or take something away from us. What arrogance for any of us to
believe we know "The Truth" of the Divine. Maybe the Divine, the “Source”
is as diverse as all the peoples of the Earth. Maybe each person must
re-link to a Source that, in the end, provides them with sustenance, comfort
One person re-links when they pray the Rosary and another when
they light the Menorah. Someone else re-links to their source listening to
the song of a stream surrounded by the comfort of trees. For still another,
re-linking to Creation might be found in the serenity of their sleeping
are right. All are profound.
In music, in the sea, in a
flower, in a leaf, in an act of kindness. . .I see
what people call God in all
-- Pablo Casals
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