Bonus quote: The quieter the mind, the more powerful, the
worthier, the deeper, the more telling and more perfect the
prayer is. To the quiet mind all things are possible.

Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)
Photo by Chuck Bowman
Photo: Chuck Bowman
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Photo by Chuck Bowman
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________
``````````````````````````
                                                                                                                                                                      


                          



                           
                         The Religion Network
                        Inspirational Quotes for the Day.

                       
                                                     

     
TODAY'S INSPIRATIONAL THEME: The Light Approaches
This page changes each weekday.



    At the top of the Home Page:
    --The Night Before Christmas: an unearthly light
    --Joy spreading

    Midway down the page:
    --Chanukah: igniting the soul

    For Prayer Warriors who scroll down:
    --Pope Benedict: God is Light

          
       And the Last Word: Henry van Dyke
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
And now, the Last Word:
Bonus Quote:
In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.

Tao Te Ching

 
______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    WELCOME! I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith website providing daily inspiration,
    quotes and religious resources. Faith and religion are precious gifts that bless. However you worship, I hope
    this site enhances your journey. Please check in daily. Become part of the community by contributing a prayer
    or a story of your faith.

                                                        Let us meet regularly and build a spiritual network.
                                                                  
                                                   If you'd like to know my personal story, click on biography

    Be a subscriber  to The Religion Network
    and receive free daily updates!

         Enter your email address at:  Contact Us
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Photo by Stephen Bowman
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Photo by Chuck Bowman
Photo by Chuck Bowman
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
The Night Before Christmas  by Sister St. Thomas, B.N.D. de N

(A more spiritual version of the famous Christmas story)

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the town,
St. Joseph was searching, walking up roads and down;
Our Lady was waiting, so meek and so mild,
While Joseph was seeking a place for the Child;

The children were nestled, each snug in their beds,
The grown-ups wouldn’t bother, there’s no room they said;
When even the innkeeper sent them away,
Joseph was wondering, where they would stay;

He thought of the caves in the side of the hills,
"Let's go there," said Mary, "It’s silent and still;"
The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow,
Made pathways of light for their tired feet to go;

And there in a cave, in a cradle of hay,
Our Savior was born on that first Christmas Day!
The Father was watching in heaven above,
He sent for His angels, His couriers of love;

More rapid than eagles God’s bright angels came;
Rejoicing and eager as each heard his name;
Come Power, Come Cherubs, Come Virtues, Come Raphael,
Come Thrones and Dominions, come Michael and Gabriel;

Now fly to the Earth, where My poor people live,
Announce the glad tiding, "My Son comes to give;"
The Shepherds were watching their flocks on this night,
And saw in the heavens an unearthly light;

The Angels assured them they’d nothing to fear,
"It’s Christmas," they said, "The Savior is here!"
They hastened to find Him, and stood at the door,
Till Mary invited them in to adore;

He was swaddled in bands from His head to His feet,
Never did the Shepherds see a baby so sweet!
He spoke not a word, but the shepherds all knew,
He was telling them secrets and blessing them too;

Then softly they left Him, The Babe in the hay,
And rejoiced with great joy on that first Christmas Day;
Mary heard them exclaim as they walked up the hill,
"Glory to God in the Highest, Peace to men of good will!"
"Mystic Nativity"  1500
Alessandro Botticelli
National Gallery of London
Coax Christ today with your songs and the devotion of your heart, and then coax him with your
deepening Self-realization. With all the intensity of your zeal and inner perception, merge your
consciousness in the happiness within. Forget time. When you feel joy spreading within you, realize
that Christ is hearing your song. You are not identified with Christ if your concentration is merely
on the words. But if your joy is singing within, Christ is listening to you.

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Indian Guru
Chanukah is more than a holiday; Chanukah is an eight-day spiritual journey.
Many people know the story of Chanukah -- but only as a historical pretext to
give gifts and eat latkes. We can call that the body of Chanukah. The soul of
Chanukah is its meditation, joy, warmth and light. Not only in our homes with
our loved ones, but with the entire world. In this tradition, Chabad.org
presents Body and Soul. Our hope is that by igniting the soul, the body will
follow and light the world, one candle at a time.

The final war is not fought on battlefields, nor at sea, nor in the skies above.
Neither is it a war between leaders or nations. The final war is fought in the
heart of each human being, with the armies of his or her deeds in this world.
The final war is the battle of Chanukah and the miracle of light.

Courtesy of chabad.org
Wednesday night the sixth candle of Chanukah is lit
Wherever God's glory appears, light spreads throughout the world. St. John tells us that
"God is light and in Him there is no darkness. (1 John 1:5) The light is a source of life.

But first, light means knowledge; it means truth, as contrasted with the darkness of
falsehood and ignorance. Light gives us life, it shows us the way. But light, as a source
of heat, also means love. Where there is love, light shines forth in the world; where
there is hatred, the world remains in darkness...

And so we pray: Lord, fulfill your promise! Where there is conflict, give birth to peace!
Where there is hatred, make love spring up! Where darkness prevails, let light shine!
Make us heralds of your peace.
Amen.

From Pope Benedict's homily at Midnight Mass,
Christmas Eve, 2005
          Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest  
          thing in the world - stronger than hate, stronger than
          evil, stronger than death - and that the blessed life
          which began in Bethlehem nineteen hundred years
ago is the image and brightness of the Eternal Love?
Then you can keep Christmas.

Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933)
American educator, author and Presbyterian minister;