|Welcome To The Religion Network!
I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. We provide inspirational
quotes by exploring a new theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This site is offered in 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 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 Theme:
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."
How trite, tried and true is that saying.
It annoys me to give up my victimhood, but I've accepted
that if the world looks sad or ugly; unfair or dangerous to me,
I need to have my "eyes" checked.
Beholder, behold beauty.
- Lisa Bowman
I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars,
And the pismire is equally perfect, and a grain of sand, and the egg of the
And the tree-toad is a chef-d'oeuvre for the highest,
And the running blackberry would adorn the parlors of heaven,
And the narrowest hinge in my hand puts to scorn all machinery,
And the cow crunching with depress'd head surpasses any statue,
And a mouse is miracle enough to stagger sextillions of infidels,
And I could come every afternoon of my life to look at the farmer’s girl
boiling her iron tea-kettle and baking shortcake.
Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
American poet, essayist, humanist
Excerpted from "Leaves of Grass"
By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed
around me and with me. The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, the
trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God
and I feel fire and music under my feet.”
Thomas Merton (1915-1968)
American Trappist Monk and author
Dive deep, O mind, dive deep in the ocean of God's beauty!
If you descend to the uttermost depths,
there you will find the gem of love.
It is prayer that restores to us the ability
to feel, to see, and to appreciate.
...and now, The Last Word:
There are two ways to live:
you can live as if nothing is a miracle;
you can live as if everything is a miracle.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
Random Bonus Quote:
People who look down on others live on a bluff.