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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.
The Religion Network publishes three times a week.



Book of Matthew, Michael Leunig, Meister Eckhart, Gerard Manley Hopkins,
Omaha Tribal Prayer, George Washington Carver, Baha'u'llah


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And seeing the multitudes, (Jesus) went up into a mountain:
and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he
opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, "Blessed are
the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth."

Matthew 5:1-5
The Holy Bible,
King James Version


God help us to live slowly:
To move simply:
To look softly:
To allow emptiness:
To let the heart create for us.

Michael Leunig (1945-  )
A noted Australian cartoonist best-known for his series,
'Curly Flats' and 'The Adventures of Vasco Pajamas.'


..(Our) Lord says so remarkably: "Blessed are the poor in spirit."
Poor is he who has nothing. "Poor in spirit" means: as the eye is  
poor and devoid of color but receptive of all colors, so he who is poor
in spirit is receptive of all spirit. Now God is the Spirit of spirits. The
fruit of the spirit is love, joy, and peace. To be stripped, poor, to have
nothing, to be empty -- this transforms nature; the void causes water
to climb mountains and performs many other marvels
of which we would not now speak.

If therefore, you want to have and find full joy and consolation in God,
see to it that you are stripped of all creatures, of all consolation
from creatures...If you are consoled by what is not God,
you will have comfort neither here nor there...

Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)
German Dominican priest.

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Make me pure, Lord:
Thou art holy:
Make me meek, Lord:
Thou wert lowly.

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1884-1889)
British Victorian poet and Jesuit priest.


Wa-kon'da, here needy he stands, and I am he.

Omaha tribal prayer


How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of
the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.

George Washington Carver (1860-1943)
African American botanist and inventor

The Last Word:

I entreat Thee, O Thou Who art the Ruler of rulers,
and the Uplifter of the downtrodden, to aid them so
to assist Thy Cause and exalt thy word that through
them Thy praise may be shed abroad amidst Thy
creatures, and Thy virtues recounted throughout
Thy realm. Thou art, verily, the Almighty, the Most
Exalted, the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Generous.

From prayers and meditations by Baha'u'llah
(Baha'i faith)












































































Totally Random Bonus Quote:

A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey.

Traditional Sufi saying