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I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing inspiration, quotes and
religious resources. This Home Page is changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You are warmly
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offered in the belief that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and that finding the commonality
in religions is more important than pointing up the differences. Religion is precious gift that blesses the
individual and uplifts the community. However you worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. Let
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On Today's Theme:
(This page originally published on 12-02-08)
The recent events in Mumbai, India, force us once again to reach for the
holy amidst the death and destruction caused by evil's hatred. As examples
of healing loveliness in the middle of all the ugliness, I offer the following:
- The calm assurances of the Tao Te Ching
Anne Frank's sweet, persistent voice of hope
- Black Elk's prayer for the innocents
- The Psalmist's promise that God answers our prayers for salvation
- Lisa Bowman
Whatever is planted deeply is not easily uprooted.
Whatever is embraced sincerely does not crave escape.
Ever since we lost our intuition as our main guide in life,
these virtues have had to be consciously cultivated to survive.
Cultivate them in yourself and they will be genuine.
Cultivate them in your family and they will surely flourish.
Cultivate them in your community and they will be long lasting.
Cultivate them in your country and they will be widely propagated.
Cultivate them in the world and they will certainly become universal.
In this way you will know others by what you do yourself.
You will know families by what you contribute as a family.
You will know the world by what you do as a planetary citizen.
How do we know all this?
Because we know that each part is the whole,
and the whole is in each part.
Excerpted from the "Tao Te Ching"
by Lao Tzu
Translated by Ralph Alan Dale
Barnes & Noble, 2002
In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really
good at heart. I simply can't build up my hope on a founda-
tion consisting of confusion, misery and death. I see the world
gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever-
approaching thunder, which will destroy us, too, I can feel the
suffering of millions, and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I
think that it will all come right, that this cruelty will end,
and that peace and tranquility will return again.
Anne Frank (1929-1945)
From her diary chronicling the two years of her life spent
hiding from the Nazis in the the city of Amsterdam. She
died of typhus at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
Great Spirit, Great Spirit, my Grandfather,
all over the earth the faces of living things
are all alike. With tenderness have these come
up out of the ground. Look upon these faces of
children without number and with children in
their arms, that they may face the winds and
walk the good road to the day of quiet.
Black Elk (c. 1863 - 1950)
Famous Holy Man of the Oglala Lakota tribe
...and now, The Last Word:
We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the
name of our God we will set up our banners:
the Lord fulfills all thy petitions. Now know
I that the Lord saveth his anointed; he will
hear him from his holy heaven with the
saving strength of his right hand.
The Holy Bible
King James Version
Random Bonus Quote:
He who thinks most of heaven
will do most for earth.