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:
A. W. Tozier, The Cloud of Unknowing, Thomas Merton, Francis de Sales, Rumi, Book of Psalms
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The moment the Spirit has quickened us to life in regeneration
our whole being senses its kinship to God and leaps up in joyous
recognition. That is the heavenly birth without which we cannot see
the Kingdom of God. It is, however, not an end but an inception, for
now begins the glorious pursuit, the heart's happy exploration of the
infinite riches of the Godhead. That is where we begin, I say, but
where we stop no man has yet discovered, for there is in the awful
and mysterious depths of the Triune God neither limit nor end.
A.W. Tozer (1897-1963)
Pastor of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church
in Toronto and Chicago. He wrote 'The Knowledge of the Holy.'
Let your longing relentlessly beat upon the cloud
of unknowing that lies between you and your God.
From 'The Cloud of Unknowing,'
(by an anonymous 14th-century English author)
Contemplative prayer is a deep and simplified
spiritual activity in which the mind and will rest in a
unified and simple concentration upon God, turned
to Him, intent upon Him and absorbed in His own
light, with a simple gaze which is perfect adoration
because it silently tells God that we have left
everything else and desire even to leave our own
selves for His sake, and that He alone is important
to us, He alone is our desire and our life, and
nothing else can give us any joy.
Thomas Merton (1915-1968)
'New Seeds of Contemplation'
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He prays well who is so absorbed with God
that he does not know he is praying.
Francis de Sales (1567-1622)
Bishop of Geneva
The thirsty man is moaning, "O delicious water!"
The water is calling, "Where is the one who will drink me?"
This thirst in our souls is the magnetism of the Water:
We are Its and It is ours.
Malawna Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi (1207-1273)
Persian poet, theologian and teacher of Sufism, he founded
the Mevlei order, better-known as the Whirling Dervishes.
I have asked the Lord for one thing; one thing do I want: to
live in the Lord's house all my life...
My soul waits for the Lord more eagerly than watchman
for the morning. Like those who watch for the morning.
The Last Word:
If your mind occupies itself with nothing material
and nothing spiritual other than God alone...
then you are above yourself and under God...
You are spiritually united with God in love,
and in harmony with his will...
God exists from all eternity,
and you are his creation.
Your union is a gift from God.
From 'The Cloud of Unknowing'