Welcome To The Religion Network!
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
worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.
ON TODAY'S SITE:
Book of Genesis, Solomon Ibn Gabriol, Book of Psalms, Janet Morley, Martin Buber, C. S. Lewis
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...but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground--
then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his
nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
Genesis 2: 7
Who could return your goodness in sending breath through the
body to invest it with life, in revealing a way of life to guide it and
save it from evil's contrivance:
Out of the ground you formed it, and into the blood breathed
soul -- and you sent the spirit of wisdom along it, which set us
apart from swine, and allows for ascent on high...
You've shut us inside your world, while you look in from beyond
and observe; and all that we try to conceal
within or without, you reveal.
Solomon Ibn Gabirol (circa 1021-1058)
Moorish Jewish philosopher and poet.
The term 'Kabbalah' (Hebrew for 'that
which is received') was first applied
to his mystical teachings.
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By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
and all their host by the breath of his mouth.
May the power of God this day enable me,
the nakedness of God disarm me,
the beauty of God silence me,
the justice of God give me voice,
the integrity of God hold me,
the desire of God move me,
the fear of God expose me to the truth,
the breath of God give me abundant life.
Author of "All Desires Known"
When it is granted to man to hear the song of the herbs--
how every herb speaks its song to God without any alien will
or thought -- how beautiful and sweet it is to hear their singing.
And therefore it is very good to serve God in the midst of solitary
walks over the field among the plants of the earth and pour out
one's speech before God in truthfulness.
All the speech of the field then goes into your speech and heightens
its power. With every breath you drink the air of paradise...
From 'Ecstatic Confessions' by Martin Buber (1878-1965)
Born in Vienna, Buber was a highly influential Jewish philosopher.
The Last Word:
You don't have a soul.
You are a soul.
You have a body.
C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)
Irish author and scholar