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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
worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.
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ON TODAY'S SITE:
Book of Matthew, Mahatma Gandhi, St. Francis of Assisi, Paramahansa Yogananda, Swami Vivekananda
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Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called
the children of God. Blessed are they which are perse-
cuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom
of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you,
and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against
you falsely for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad:
for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted
they the prophets which were before you.
The Holy Bible
King James Version
I will be truthful.
I will suffer no injustice.
I will be free from fear.
I will not use force.
I will be of good will to all men.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
Founder of the Indian Independence Movement,
he is known as the "Father of the Nation" in India.
You have heard that it was said, "You shall love your neighbor and
hate your enemy. But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for
those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father
who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the
good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love
those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax
collectors do the same? And if you salute only your
brethren what more are you doing than others?
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Edition
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(NOTE FROM LISA: The following is from Omar Englebert's,
book, "St. Francis of Assisi: A Biography," first pub-
blished in France in 1947. It details an exchange between
the saint and Brother Leo, to whom he frequently dictated).
"Brother Leo, God's Little Sheep, take your pen. I am
going to dictate something to you," declared Francis.
"I am ready, Father."
"You are going to write what perfect joy is."
"...Supposing that in the winter, coming back from
Perugia, I arrive in pitch darkness at the Portiuncula.
Icicles are clinging to my habit and making my legs bleed.
Covered with mud and snow, starving and freezing, I shout
and knock for a long time. 'Who is there?' asks the porter,
when he finally decides to come. 'It is I, Brother Francis.'
But he doesn't recognize my voice. 'Off with you, prankster!'
he replies. 'This is no time for jokes!' I insist, but he
won't listen. 'Will you be off, you rascal? There are enough
of us without you...Smart men like us don't need idiots like
you around...'" "Once more I beg him not to leave me outside
on a night like that, and implore him to open up. He opens up,
all right. 'Just you wait, impudent cur! I'll teach you some
manners!' And grabbing a knobby club, he jumps on me,seizes
me by the hood, and drags me through the snow, beating me and
wounding me with all the knobs in his cudgel...Well, Leo, if I
am able to bear all this for love of God, not only with patience
but with happiness, convinced that I deserve no other treatment,
remember, and write down on your paper, God's Little Sheep,
that at last I have found perfect joy."
Let the ugliness of unkindness in others impel me to
make myself beautiful with loving-kindness.
May harsh speech from my companions remind me to use sweet
words always. If stones from evil minds are cast at me,
let me send in return only missiles of goodwill.
As a jasmine vine sheds its flowers over the hands delivering ax
blows at its roots, so, on all who act inimically toward me
may I shower blossoms of forgiveness.
Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship
From 'Whispers form Eternity'
The Last Word:
We are what our thoughts have made us;
so take care about what you think.
Words are secondary.
Thoughts live; they travel far.
Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)
Indian Hindu spiritual leader
Totally Random Bonus Quote:
Rejection is a part of life. If we don't get
rejected then we're not trying hard enough.
Former model Kathy Ireland