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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:
Book of Luke, Book of Psalms, Edward A. Hayes, Oren Arnold
"The Visitation" from the Book of Hours
of the Duc de Berry
In those days Mary arose and went with haste to the hill country, to a city of Judah,
and she entered the house of Zechari'ah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard
the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy
Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the
fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to
me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb
leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there be a fulfillment of
what was spoken to her from the Lord."
And Mary said...
"My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden.
For behold, henceforth all generations wilL call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
And his mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm,
he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts,
he has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and exalted those of low degree;
he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away.
He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,
as he spoke to our father, to Abraham and to his posterity forever."
And Mary remained with her about three months,
and returned to her home.
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Edition
"The Annunciation" 1608-09 Michaelangelo Carravaggio
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
more than morning,
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.
Psalm 130: 5-6
Revised Standard Edition
Advent, like its cousin Lent, is a season for prayer and
reformation of our hearts. Since it comes at winter time, fire is a
fitting sign to help us celebrate Advent...If Christ is to come
more fully into our lives this Christmas, if God is to become really
incarnate for us, then fire will have to be present in our prayer.
Our worship and devotion will have to stoke the kind of fire in
our souls that can truly change our hearts. Ours is a great
responsibility not to waste this Advent time.
Edward A. Hayes
"A Pilgrim's Almanac"
The Last Word:
Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.
Oren Arnold (1920-1980)
American novelist, journalist, humorist
I once bought my kids a set of
batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying,
"Toys not included."