Welcome To The Religion Network!
WELCOME! I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing daily inspiration, quotes and religious resources. Faith and religion are precious gifts that bless.
However you worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. Let us meet regularly and build
a spiritual network. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.
Prayer is man's conversation with God. It is the most
secret and intimate relationship which man can enter
into with the Lord of the Universe. He speaks with God
as 'thou' from a sense of innermost closeness and tells
Him everything which troubles, moves and makes him
happy. His prayer may be improvised or he may use an
age-old form, a cliche sanctified by a hundred generations
and which has become meaningful for man. He may say
his prayer aloud, chant it, whisper it or keep it
in the recesses of his heart.
Vladimir Lindenberg (1902-1997)
Russian-born German author and physician
Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul.
It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is
better in prayer to have a heart without
words than words without a heart.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
Indian philosopher esteemed for
of nonviolent protest
Say your prayers in a melody that is most
pleasant and sweet to you. Then you shall
pray with the proper kavanah*, because the
melody will draw your heart after the words
come from your mouth. Supplicate in a
melody that makes the heart weep, praise
in a melody that makes the heart glad.
Rabbi Hayim Halevy Donin
*kavanah: Intention; from the Hebrew root meaning to
direct or focus, it is integral to meaningful action -- Lisa
Lord Jesus Christ, pierce my soul with your love so
that I may always long for you alone, who are the
bread of angels and the fulfillment of the soul's deepest
desires...May my soul thirst for you, who are the source
of life wisdom, knowledge,light and all the riches of
God our Father. May I always seek and find you, think
upon you, speak to you and do all things for the honour
and glory of your holy name. Be always my only hope,
my peace, my refuge and my help in whom my heart is
rooted so that I may never be separated from you.
St. Bonaventure (1221-1274)
Italian Franciscan theologian
Everything in the universe is energy or
a manifestation of energy, and the
purpose of spiritual work is to become
one with that flow of higher creative
energy coming from God
through the cosmos.
Swami Rudrananda (1928-1973)
American Hindu spiritual teacher
I know that for the right practice
of (the presence of God) the heart
must be empty of all other things,
because God will possess the heart
alone; and as He cannot possess it
alone without emptying it of all
besides; so neither can He act
there, and do in it what He
pleases, unless it be left
vacant to Him.
There is not in the world a kind
of life more sweet and delightful
than that of a continual conversation
with God. Those only can comprehend
it who practice and experience it...
Brother Lawrence (1614-1691)
French lay brother of Carmelite Order
From "The Practice of the Presence of God"
The love that binds me to you, O God,
cannot be broken. It is like a diamond that
smashes the hammer when it is struck.
Mira Bai (1498-1547)
HIndu mystical poetess
That you need God more than
anything, you know at all times
in your heart. But don't you know
also that God needs you --- in the
fullness of his eternity -- you?...
You need God in order to be, and God
needs you -- for that which is the
meaning of your life.
Martin Buber (1878-1965)
translator and educator
And now the Last Word:
Let me seek you in my desire,
Let me desire you in my seeking.
Let me find you by loving you,
Let me love you when I find you.
St. Anselm (1033-1109)
Italian philosopher and theologian;
Archbishop of Canterbury
Let your mind become clear
like a still woodland pond.