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 -
ON TODAY'S SITE:
Susan Norton, St. Clement of Rome, The Dalai Lama, Thomas Merton, Henry Ward Beecher
A new and most loving friend recently extended an open invitation to me and
some others to spend time in her garden and gracious house for artistic pursuits
or even simply for meditation and prayer. I took her up on it Wednesday, writing for
several hours, during which a welcome, if unexpected lunch was presented to me.
What an energizing, productive afternoon it was. I'm so deeply grateful to Valerie.
Love has many aspects; some are passive and some proactive. For example, pas-
sive love creates a lovely home that makes people feel welcome. Proactive love
invites others to come by any time and enjoy it for their personal pursuits and then
serves them lunch on top of it! A more subtle, everyday example of passive love
might be not throwing one's trash on the ground. But a more proactive love will go
another step further by joyously picking up other people's trash, just because...
However, each act of love is as important the other; both passive love and its
proactive mirror are vital.
Praying for others can be thought of as passive because
often we do it alone, yet it electrifies the world; it also fortifies us so that we can
extend love proactively, whether it's smiling at a stranger, traveling across
the world to work as a missionary, becoming a doctor to help the sick,
or offering a cup of hot tea to a friend who needs us to listen.
Photo by Stephen Bowman All rights reserved
Hot Tea Therapy
All of us
need Hot Tea Therapy
from time to time,
Requiring a special someone
who lets us know
that another cares,
Whether it's to mend a broken dream,
Repair a damaged expectation,
Celebrate the smallest success,
Give a single hug of encouragement
Or simply share a cup of hot tea.
Excerpted from "Bless the Day,"
by June Cotner
Kodansha International, 1998
In love were the elect of God perfected;
without love nothing is pleasing to God.
St. Clement of Rome (died circa 98 AD)
One of the first Bishops of Rome
My religion is very simple.
My religion is kindness.
Tenzin Gyatso (born 1935)
The 14th Dalai Lama
Photo by Lisa Bowman All rights reserved
The words and acts that proceed from myself and are
accomplished outside myself are dead things compared
with the hidden life from which they spring...
In order to find God in ourselves, we must stop looking
at ourselves, stop checking and verifying ourselves in
the mirror of our own futility, and be content to be in
Him and to do whatever He wills according to our acts
not in the light of our own illusions, but in the
light of His reality which is all around us in
the things and people we live with...
The value of our activity depends almost entirely
on the humility to accept ourselves as we are.
Excerpted from "No Man is an Island,"
by Thomas Merton
Harcourt, Inc., 1983
The Last Word:
Our gifts and our attainments are not only to be light
and warmth in our own dwellings, but are also to shine
through the windows into the dark night, to guide
and cheer bewildered travelers on the road.
Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)
Congregationalist clergyman, abolitionist
Totally Random Bonus Quote:
If you have sight, you are blessed.
If you have insight, you are a
thousand times blessed.