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Welcome To The Religion Network!
I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing inspiration, quotes and
religious resources. This Home Page is changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You are warmly
invited to read every quote posted for each theme, or simply to read those that interest you. They are
offered in the belief that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and that finding the commonality
in religions is more important than pointing up the differences. Religion is precious gift that blesses the
individual and uplifts the community. However you worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. Let
us meet regularly and build a spiritual network. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.

On Today's Theme:

The Broadway musical, "Mame," contains an especially exhilarating song.
Jerry Herman's lyrics begin:

"Open a new window,
Open a new door,
Travel a new highway that's never been tried before..."

It's a bouncy paean to taking responsibility for one's own happiness.

May your 2009 be filled with new adventures, strengthening
challenges, love that flows from you as much as it flows towards
you, and may the Holy One be your best friend.

Happy Fresh New Year!

- Lisa Bowman

Prayer for the New Year

Grant me the strength from day to day
To bear what burdens come my way.
Grant me throughout this bright New Year
More to endure and less to fear.
Help me live that I may be
From spite and petty malice free.

Let me not bitterly complain
When cherished hopes of mine prove vain,
Or spoil with deeds of hate and rage
Some fair tomorrow's spotless page.
Lord as the day shall come and go
In courage let me stronger grow.

Lord, as the New Year dawns today
Help me to put my faults away.
Let me be big in little things;
Grant me the joy which friendship brings.
Keep me from selfishness and spite;
Let me be wise in what is right.

A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye.
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I've played the friend.
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.

Edgar A. Guest (1881-1959)
Prolific American poet


Wake at dawn with a winged heart
and give thanks for another day of loving.

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)
Lebanese born poet and novelist

...and now,
The Last Word:

Yesterday is gone.
Tomorrow has not yet come.
We have only today.
Let us begin.

Joseph Cardinal Bernardin (1928-1996)
Archbishop of Chicago









































































Random Bonus Quote:

After God created the world, He made man and woman.
Then, to keep the whole thing from collapsing, He invented humor.

Guillermo Mordillo (1932 - )
Argentinean creator of cartoons and animations


On today's
Home Page:

Edgar Guest;
Kahlil Gibran;
Cardinal Bernardin


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