TODAY'S THEME: Living as Community
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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
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What every man looks for in life is his own salvation and the salvation
of the men he lives with. By salvation I mean first of all the full discovery
of who he himself really is. Then I mean something of the fulfillment of
his own God-given powers, in the love of others and of God. I mean also
the discovery that he cannot fine himself in himself alone, but that he
must find himself in and through others. Ultimately, these propositions
are summed up in two lines of the Gospel: "If any man would save his
life, he must lose it," and "Love one another as I have loved you."
It is also contained in another saying from St. Paul:
"We are all members one of another."

Excerpted from "No Man is an Island,"
by Thomas Merton
Harcourt, Inc., 1983


When you come upon a path that brings benefit and happiness
to all, follow this course as the moon journeys through the stars.

The Buddha (c. 563 - c. 483 BC)

We're the first culture to create so much isolation for
human beings. Now we are moving back toward
community -- because we need it to happen.

-Gay Luce

My spiritual mentor Bede Griffiths often remarked that it was
in community that humanity would find its salvation, not in the
nuclear family. As Gay Luce, the author of Body Time, observes
here, our culture has excelled in promoting the possibility of
isolation and privacy for people. While this has allowed us
great creativity, it has ripped apart our social fabric...
Community building, whether on our block or across
national or cultural divides, is the great work of
our new millennium.

Excerpted from "The Mystic Hours,"
by Wayne Teasdale
New World Library, 2004

What is hateful to you do not do to your fellow.
That is the whole Torah. The rest is commentary.

Rabbi Hillel (1st century BC)
Born in Babylon, a renowned Jewish sage and scholar;
like Moses, a contemporary, he apparently lived to the age of 120


It is therefore of supreme importance that we
consent to live not for ourselves but for others.

...Charity cannot be what it is supposed to be
as long as I do not see that my life represents
my own allotment in the life of a whole super-
natural organism to which I belong.

Excerpted from "No Man is an Island,"
by Thomas Merton
Harcourt, Inc., 1983

And now, the Last Word:

No  man is an island, entire of itself;
every man is a piece of the continent,
a part of the main...any man's death
diminishes me, because I am involved
in mankind, and therefore never send
to know for whom the bell tolls;
it tolls for thee.

John Donne (1572-1631)
Jacobean metaphysical poet and Anglican priest
From Meditation XVII
































Bonus quote:

Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.

Marcus Aurelius (121-180)


On today's
Home Page:

Thomas Merton;
The Buddha;
Gay Luce;
Rabbi Hillel;
Wayne Teasdale;
John Donne