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Originally published 12-18-06
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.


Bob Duford, Paramahansa Yogananda, William Cullen Bryant, Thich Nhat Hanh, Taylor Caldwell

    Photo by Lisa Bowman   All rights reserved

    You shall cross the barren desert, but you shall not die of thirst,
    You shall wander far in safety though do not know the way.
    You shall speak your words in foreign lands and all will understand.
    You shall see the face of God and live.

    Be not afraid. I go before you always.
    Come follow me, and I will give you rest.

    If you pass through raging waters in the sea, you shall not drown.
    If you walk amid the burning flames, you shall not be harmed.
    If you stand before the pow'r of hell and death is at your side,
    know that I am with you through it all.

    Be not afraid. I go before you always.
    Come follow me, and I will give you rest.

    Blessed are your poor, for the kingdom shall be theirs.
    Blest are you that weep and mourn, for one day you shall laugh.
    And if wicked tongues insult and hate you all because of me,
    blessed, blessed are you!

    Be not afraid. I go before you always.
    Come follow me, and I will give you rest.

    Words and music by Bob Duford, SJ
    Based on Isaiah 43:2-3
    Choral Praise Comprehensive
    OCP Publications


    Through the transparency of my deepest meditation I will receive the light of the
    Father passing through me. I will be a son of God, even as Jesus was, by
    receiving God fully through my meditation-expanded soul consciousness. I will
    follow the shepherds of faith, devotion, and meditation, who will lead me through
    the star of inner wisdom to the omnipresent Christ.

    Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
    "Self Realization Magazine"

    Madonna and Child    Bernardino Luini


    O Father, may that Holy Star
    Grow every year more bright,
    And send its glorious beams afar
    To fill the world with light.

    William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)
    American poet and journalist


    When he was born into a carpenter's family, He was the Son of Man.
    When He opened His heart, the door of Heaven was opened to Him.
    The Holy Spirit descended on Him like a dove, and He was manifested
    as the Son of God -- very holy, very deep, and very great...
    Because God the Son is made of the energy of the Holy Spirit,
    He is the door for us to enter the Kingdom of God.

    Thich Nhat Hanh (1926-   )
    Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, activist, Nobel Peace Prize nominee
    From "Essential Writings"
    Orbis Books, 2004

The Last Word:

I am not alone at all, I thought. I was never alone at all.
And that, of course, is the message of Christmas.
We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest,
the wind coldest, the world seemingly most
indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.

Taylor Caldwell (1900-1985)
American novelist




























Bonus Quote:

They are ill discoverers that think there is no land,
when they can see nothing but sea.

Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626)


see also:
My Soul
Waits for
the Lord


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