Ecumenical Mysticism II
forgiveness and love

A doctoral thesis by dr. Cohorte Rassekh at the British Columbia University of Vancouver, presented in 1987, is entitled “Mystical Poetry of Jalaloddin Rumi and Jacopone da Todi“. The great Persian poet Jalaloddin Rumi (1207-1273), lived his story as a Sunni mystic writing verses of tolerance and love, such as those he wanted on his grave:

“Come, come; whoever you are, come.

Are you a pagan, an idolater, an atheist? come!

Our home is not a place of despair,

and even if you have betrayed a promise a hundred times … come. “

Is this not the meaning of Jesus’ word when he answers Peter to forgive seventy times seven? (Matthew 18, 21-22). This is Jacopone’s feeling of wonder and joy (laude XLVI):

Come, come see this wonder,

now I love everyone,

bear the injuries / he does me

and find it easy / to forgive him,

nor does this satisfy me

I burn with love of him.


While Emperors, Kings and Popes of Europe organized crusades of revenge and retaliation against the Sultans of the East, with mutual massacres and hunt for “infidels”, the God of all humanity sowed the seed of forgiveness and love in the hearts of Jacopone and Jalaloddin Rumi: 

hidden and mysterious ways of the Spirit!


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