TODAY'S THEME: To See God
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I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing inspiration, quotes and religious resources. This Home Page is changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You are warmly
invited to read every quote posted for each theme, or simply to read those that interest you. They are
offered in the belief that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and that finding the commonality
in religions is more important than pointing up the differences. Religion is precious gift that blesses the
individual and uplifts the community. However you worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. Let
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On Today's Theme:

We have eyes to enjoy the beauty of God; ears to cherish the music of God;
fingers to sense the texture of God;
tongues to taste the goodness of God;
mouths to speak the praises of God; and hearts with which to see God.

- Lisa Bowman

You are seeking God, dear sister, and he is everywhere. Everything
proclaims him to you, everything reveals him to you, everything brings
Him to you. He is by your side, over you, around and in you...

Although Martha sought to please Jesus by waiting on him, Mary was
content to sit at his feet. And yet he misled even her, for, while she was
looking for him as she knew him, he appeared to her as a gardener. And
when the Apostles saw Jesus they took him for a ghost. So God hides
himself in order to raise souls up to that perfect faith which will discover
him under every kind of disguise. For once they knew God's secret, dis-
guise is useless. They say: 'See him! There he is, behind the wall, looking
through the trellis, in at the window!'... Mystify us, arouse and confuse us.
Shatter all our illusions and plans so that we lose our way, and see
neither path nor light until we have found you, where you are
to be found and in your true form...

Excerpted from "The Sacrament of the Present Moment,"
by Jean-Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751)
HarperSanFrancisco,1996


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One instant is eternity;
eternity is in the now;
When you see through this one instant;
you see through the one who sees.

Wu-men (862-949)
Chinese Zen master



Many are the names of God, and infinite the forms that lead us
to know him. In whatsoever name or form you desire to call him,
in that very form and name you will see him.

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As many have heard of snow but have not seen it, so many are the
religious preachers who have read only in books about the attributes of
God, but have not realized them in their lives. And as many have seen
but not tasted it, so many are the religious teachers who have only a
glimpse of divine glory, but have not understood its real essence. One
who has tasted the snow can say what it is like. One who has enjoyed
the society of God in different aspects, now as a servant, now as a
friend, now as a lover, or as being absorbed in him, can alone
tell what are the attributes of God.

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At a certain stage of the path of devotion, the devotee finds
satisfaction in the God with form; at another stage,
in the God without form.

Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna (1883-1886)
Bengali religious ecstatic




"Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they shall see God."

Matthew 5:8
The Holy Bible
New King James Version

 

And now, the Last Word:

People see God every day.
They just don't recognize Him.

Pearl Bailey (1918-1990)
American singer & actress












 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 


Bonus Quote:

For prayer is a request. The essence of request, as distinct
from compulsion, is that it may or may not be granted.


C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)
Irish writer and scholar

 


On today's
Home Page:


Jean-Pierre
de Caussade;
Wu-men;
Ramakrishna;
Book of Matthew;
Pearl Bailey

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