tradition" recognizes that there are some constant themes,
truths, and recurrences in all of the world religions.
Unfortunately, many religions have emphasized differences and
claimed their particular brand is better than others. But there
have been threads of the perennial tradition throughout history,
even acknowledged by the Catholic Church. In Nostra Aetate,
for example, the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council begin by
saying that "All peoples comprise a single community and have a
single origin [created by one and the same Creator God].
And one also is their final goal: God.... The Catholic
Church rejects nothing which is true and holy in these
(Vatican II Documents, 1965, #1, 2).
The document goes on to praise Native religion, Hinduism,
Judaism, Buddhism, and Islam as "reflecting a ray of that truth
which enlightens all people."
This is what we hope to uncover
this year, following a lineage of teaching and tradition through
various times, people, and places."
Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM
January 4, 2015