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:
Jean-Pierre de Caussade,
Abu Ghalib Abd al-Hamid, Lao-Tzu,
Book of Psalms, Book of Proverbs, Lama Surya Das, Rob Brezsny
...Continuing on from the last Home Page (Our Powerful Ally) about my friend, Nan:
We met at Starbucks on Friday, which is our wont. For me, talking to her is like a trip to
the gas station: it's a "Fill 'er up!" for my soul. But we're raucous, because she makes
me laugh, like when I described someone as "spiritual, but not religious," to which
she shot back, "As opposed to religious, but not spiritual?"
You see what I mean.
And then there was when she said, "So often we complain that the Lord doesn't
make His will clear to us and we're not sure what we should do next. But how
often..." (by now I was already laughing in self-recognition) ..."are our prayers
unfocused and not presented clearly? First we need to pray for wisdom.
Then we must pray clearly so that He can answer us clearly." Oh, yeah, that.
So, today is about praying wisely and with clarity. If you'd like to read a story
of someone who heard God's will and directives, and also had the wisdom to
hear God's will clarified in the nick of time, read the Bible story of Abraham
and his son Isaac in Genesis 22. Yes, the story mostly concerns obedience,
but it also demonstrates Abraham's keen clarity and agile wisdom
in being an obedient servant of God.
Nothing is more reasonable, perfect or divine than the will
of God. No difference in time, place or circumstance could
add to its infinite worth, and if you have been granted the
secret of how to discover it in every moment, you have
found what is most precious and desirable...
The more a soul loves, the more it longs, the more it hopes,
the more it finds. The will of God is manifest in each moment,
an immense ocean which the heart only fathoms in so
far as it overflows with faith, trust and love.
...If we live continually by faith we shall always be in touch
with God, speaking to him face to face...We only truly
learn when God speaks directly to us.
Excerpted from "The Sacrament of the of Present Moment,"
Jean-Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751)
Translated by Kitty Muggeridge
Reflection is an ocean, and wisdom
is the pearl you will find in it.
Abu Ghalib Abd al-Hamid
From "A Rosary of Islamic Readings"
To prepare the way for the Great Integrity --
Close the rationalizing routes!
Shut the gloomy gates!
Blunt the sharp edges!
Release those who are tethered!
Soften the blinding lights!
Unite the world!
...Since the Great Integrity makes no judgments or demands,
how will we know when it has arrived?
When it permeates us with its universal "is-ness."
Excerpted from Lao Tzu's "Tao Te Ching,
A New Translation & Commentary,"
by Ralph Alan Dale
Barnes & Noble, 2002
Photo by Stephen Bowman All rights reserved
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
A good understanding have all those who do His commandments.
His praise endures forever.
The Holy Bible
New King James Version
My child: If you accept My words and treasure my commandments
with yourself, to make your ears attentive to wisdom, incline your
heart to understanding -- (for) only if you call out to understanding
(and) give forth your voice to discernment, if you seek it as (if it were)
silver, if you search for it as (if it were) hidden treasures -- then you
will understand the fear of Hashem, and discover the knowledge of
God. For Hashem grants wisdom; for His mouth (come)
knowledge and understanding.
The Stone Edition Torah
Pray for what you have.
Give thanks, and all
prayers will be answered.
Excerpted from "Words of Wisdom,"
by Lama Surya Das
koa books, 2008
The Last Word:
If you bury your face in your tear-stained
pillow and beg God to send you your soul mate,
may you not slur your words in such a way that
they sound like "cell mate."
Rob Brezsny, author
From "Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia:
How the Whole World is Conspiring to
Shower You With Blessings"
Totally Random Bonus Quote:
God hates the man who says one thing
with his mouth and another with his mind.
Talmud, Pesahim 113b