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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.



Theresa Mary Grass, Henri Nouwen, White Eagle, Simon Jacobson


Dear Readers,

Are our small, tender prayers of any great import?
Can one prayer uttered by a lone human hope to change the world?
Let me ask you this: Which grain of sand tips the scale?

- Lisa

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 Let Me Be A Light

Let me be a light, O God,
That shines for all to see;
If someone needs to find the way,
An example may I be
Of love and kindness and brotherhood,
Of all that's gentle, of all that's good.

Theresa Mary Grass
From 'Bedside Prayers' by June Cotner


The Desert Fathers in their sayings point us towards a very holistic view of
prayer. They pull us away from our intellectualizing practices, in which God
becomes one of the many problems we have to address. They show us that
real prayer penetrates to the marrow of our soul and leaves nothing untouched...

Thus the prayer of the heart is the prayer of truth. It unmasks the many illusions
about ourselves and about God and leads us into the true relationship
of the sinner to the merciful God...

Thus the words of Jesus, "Happy the pure in heart: they shall see God"
(Matt. 5:8) will become real in our prayer. Temptations and struggles will
remain to the end of our lives, but with a pure heart we will be restful
even in the midst of a restless existence.

Henri J.M. Nouwen (1932-1996)
From 'The Dance of Life'
Ave Maria Press 2005

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Keep your feet on the earth but lift your

face towards the heavens, for the Light

which floods into you from on high will

steady your feet and guide them in the

right path. Have confidence in this divine

Light. Surrender with a tranquil mind and

a heart full of love to this infinite Wisdom.

From 'The Quiet Mind: The Sayings of White Eagle'
The White Eagle Publishing Trust

The Last Word:

A workman had taken a break and was reading a book of psalms
when his employer approached him. "Why are you reading all of
a sudden, right in the middle of work?" he asked.

It doesn't seem to bother anyone that in the middle of praying,
I can think about work," the man replied. "Why is it that, in the
middle of work, I can't think for a minute about prayer?"

From 'Toward a Meaningful Life:
The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson'
by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2002