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.
The hope that is born at Christmas - timeless Love born in time -
is a hope that lives beyond all seasons. May this holy hope live
in us every day, casting the light of God's love upon all near us.
The gifts we give are but outward manifestations of the Lord's
eternal, loving gifts to us.
May we think of him as we hand our
brightly colored packages to friends and family.
"Nativity" Giovanni Pittoni (1687-1767)
A Hymn on the Nativity of My Savior
I sing the birth was born tonight,
The Author both of life and light;
The angels so did sound it,
And like the ravished shepherds said,
Who saw the light, and were afraid,
Yet searched, and true they found it.
The Son of God, the eternal King,
That did us all salvation bring,
And freed the soul from danger;
He whom the whole world could not take,
The Word, which heaven and earth did make,
Was now laid in a manger.
The Father's wisdom willed it so,
The Son's obedience knew no "No,"
Both wills were in one stature;
And as that wisdom had decreed,
The Word was now made Flesh indeed,
And took on Him our nature.
What comfort by Him do we win?
Who made Himself the Prince of sin,
To make us heirs of glory?
To see this Babe, all innocence,
A Martyr born in our defense,
Can man forget this story?
Ben Jonson (1572-1637)
Poet, playwright, essayist
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son
is given; and the government shall be upon
his shoulder; and his name shall be called
Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The
everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace
there shall be no end, upon the throne of
David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and
to establish it with judgment and with justice
from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of
the Lord of hosts will perform this.
The King James Bible
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
From "Essential Writings"
Orbis Books, 2004
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The Last Word:
May the Christmas spirit you feel not end with
today; rather may it be with you every night as
you meditate. Then in the silence of your own
as you drive away all restless thoughts,
Christ Consciousness will come. If we all follow
the spirit of Jesus we shall surely experience
every day his presence within us.
Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Indian yogi and guru
Utterly Random Bonus Quote:
Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind.
To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy,
is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933)
30th President of the United States