Today's Theme: HAPPY SACRIFICE
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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.
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On Today's Theme:


The season of Lent has begun for Christians. It's a time of quiet
reflection, of inner journey and of joyous sacrifice. Of course,
one needn't wait for Lent or be a Christian for any of that!

Humble prayer is
itself a sweet sacrifice - it is the emptying of
self will. Sacrifice is awareness, being fully present in each
thought and action, for when we think of being present with
the Divine and not of ourselves, we are self-sacrificing. And
when our thoughts are on God, any sacrifice is joyous. As it
says in Sirach 35, "With every gift show a cheerful face, and
dedicate your tithe with gladness." Happy Lent!

- Lisa Bowman




Offer only lovely things on my altars ---
the bread of life, and jewels,
and feathers and flowers.
Let the streams of life flow in peace.
Turn from violence.
Learn to think for a long time how to change the world,
how to make it better to live in.
All the people of the world ought to talk about it
and speak well of it always.
Then it will last forever,
and the flowers will bloom forever,
and I will come to you again.



Quetzalcoatl
A mythical deity predating the Aztec religion
From "Prayer," by Richard W. Chilson
Sorin Books, 2006


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No sacrifice is worth the name unless it is a joy.
Sacrifice and a long face go ill together.

Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)
Spiritual and political leader of India


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Self-sacrifice is the real miracle out
of which all the reported miracles grow.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
American poet and essayist









There's only one effectively redemptive sacrifice, the sacrifice
of self-will to make room for the knowledge of God.

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)
British author


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He who keeps the law makes many offerings;
he who heeds the commandments
sacrifices a peace offering.
He who returns a kindness offers fine flour,
and he who gives alms sacrifices a thanks offering.
Too keep from wickedness is pleasing to the Lord,
and to forsake unrighteousness is atonement.

Glorify the Lord generously, and do not stint
the first fruits of your hands.
With every gift show a cheerful face,
and dedicate your tithe with gladness.

Sirach 35: 1-3, 8-9
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Version

 


...and now,
The Last Word:


God help us to live slowly:
To move simply:
To look softly:
To allow emptiness:
To let the heart create for us.
Amen.


Michael Leunig (1945-  )
Australian cartoonist





 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 








 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Random Bonus Quote:

Accustom yourself continually to make many
acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul.

Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)
Carmelite nun and mystic

 


On today's
Home Page:


Quetzalcoatl;
Mahatma Gandhi;
Ralph Waldo
Emerson;
Aldous Huxley;
Book of Sirach;
Michael Leunig


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