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I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. This site provides inspirational quotes through an
exploration of a new spiritual theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Religion network is offered with the
conviction that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and furthermore, that finding the commonalities
among the world's religions is more healing than pointing up their differences.
Religion as an institution is a precious gift, blessing individuals and uplifting communities. However you choose to
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Augustine of Hippo, Book of Hebrews, Simon Jacobson, Book of Matthew
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Blessed are thy Saints, O God and King, who have traveled
over the tempestuous sea of this mortal life, and have made
the harbour of peace and felicity. Watch over us who are
still in our dangerous voyage; and remember such as lie
exposed to the rough storms of trouble and temptations.
Frail is our vessel, and the ocean is wide; but as in thy
mercy thou has set our course, so steer the vessel of our
life toward the everlasting shore of peace, and bring us
at length to the quiet haven of our heart's desire,
where thou, O our God, are blessed, and livest
and reignest for ever and ever.
St. Augustine (354-430)
(Augustine of Hippo)
I will never leave you without support or forsake you or let you down, my child.
(I will) not, (I will) not, (I will) not in any degree leave you helpless
or relax my hold on you...assuredly not!
The Amplified Bible,
The Lockman Foundation
When we allow G-d in, G-d tells us, "I am with you. I will protect you wherever you go." That
assurance becomes the source of the light that we see at the end of the tunnel. No matter how
daunting the challenge, whatever the enemy or the battle, when we connect to G-d,
we have the power to overcome and conquer anything and everything.
What shall we do with this power? Strengthening ourselves and our communities is the beginning,
but we must not stop there. We carry responsibility for the universe, and how we fulfill
that responsibility directly affects our personal security and survival.
To understand this requires that we understand the forces of history, and in moments of upheaval
we can at times distinguish the forces that shape our histories. The Bible reveals these forces on
an epic scale; contemporary crises of our own times are the modern echoes of those seminal events.
'Toward a Meaningful Life: The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson'
by Simon Jacobson, HarperCollins Publishers
On that day, as evening drew on,Jesus said to his
disciples, "Let us cross to the other side." Leaving
the crowd, they took Jesus with them in the boat just
as he was. And other boats were with him. A violent
squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat,
so that it was already filling up. Jesus was in the
stern, asleep on a cushion. They woke him and said to
him, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?"
He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea,
"Quiet! Be still!" The wind ceased and there was great calm.
Then he asked them, "Are you terrified? Do you not yet have
faith?" They were filled with awe and said to one another,
"Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?"
The Holy Bible
The Last Word:
Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on
the water toward Jesus. But when he saw how
(strong) the wind was he became frightened; and,
beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!"
Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and
caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith,
why did you doubt?' After they got into the boat,
wind died down.
The New American Bible