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:
Vladimir Lindenberg, Richard Carlson, Marilynne Robinson, Book of Proverbs
I keep thinking about the poet, Charles Baudelaire, who was featured on yesterday's site.
(click here if you missed it) A brilliant, if controversial literary figure, he wrote the inspired
poem, "Elevated," yet he led a hedonistic, even debauched life. How does this happen?
Perhaps it's because God's fingerprints are evident everywhere, if our eyes are truly open.
Like Baudelaire, it is likely that we ourselves have served God's purpose even when we
were acting our worst. We can better serve Him when we choose to follow His guidance,
of course, but if the Lord is omnipresent, He is Omnipresent! If we but begin to look around
carefully, we will see the light of holiness shining on everything and everyone we encounter.
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The Rabbi of Sadagora tells us how we can learn from everything:
"Everything can teach us. Not only everything created by God,
but also all which man has made can be a lesson!"
"What can we learn from the railway?" asked a Hasid.
"That to save a minute one can miss everything."
"And from the telegraph?"
"That every word is counted and must be paid for."
"And from the telephone?"
"That what is spoken here can be heard elsewhere."
From "Meditation and Mankind,"
by Vladimir LIndenberg
Rider & Company, 1959
Rabbi Harold Kushner reminds us that everything that God has created
is potentially holy. Our task as humans is to find that holiness in what
appear to be unholy situations. He suggests that when we can
learn to do this, we will have learned to nurture our souls...
When our life is filled with the desire to see the holiness in everyday
things, something magical begins to happen. A feeling of peace
emerges. We begin to see nurturing aspects of daily living that
were previously hidden to us. When we remember that every-
thing has God's fingerprints on it, that alone makes it special.
Excerpted from "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...and it's all small stuff,"
by Richard Carlson, Ph.D.
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When you encounter another person...
it is as if a question is being put to you...
What is the Lord asking of me in this moment,
in this situation? If you confront insult or
antagonism, your first impulse will be to respond
in kind. But if you think,...This is an emissary
sent from the Lord, and some benefit is intended
for me, first of all the occasion to demonstrate my
faithfulness, the chance to show that I do in some
small degree participate in the grace that saved me,
you are free to act otherwise than as circumstances
would seem to dictate. You are free to act by your
own lights. You are freed at the same time of the
impulse to hate or resent that person. He would pro-
bably laugh at the thought that the Lord sent him
to you for your benefit (and his), but that is the
perfection of the disguise, his own ignorance of it.
Excerpted from "Gilead: A Novel,"
by Marilynne Robinson
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004
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The Last Word:
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser;
teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. The
fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and the
knowledge of the holy is understanding.
The Holy Bible
King James Version
Totally Random Bonus Quote:
To be looking elsewhere for miracles is to me a sure
sign of ignorance that everything is miraculous.
Abraham Maslow (1908-1970)