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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.
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On Today's Theme:
During my college years I was in a production of "Godspell."
I was elated to get to sing Stephen Schwartz's tune, "Bless
the Lord." Its very first lyric is, "O bless the Lord, my soul."
It's the kind of song that lifts you out of your seat, which is
what blessing the Lord should do! What fun it was to sing.
The relationship of the human soul to God is a flame that
burns brightly and with passion. It is the divine bond of the
lover to Beloved.
The Beloved cherishes each soul, and
inside the cherishing the soul finds Love and peace.
What music that relationship makes.
- Lisa Bowman
Psalm 103: The soul in turmoil is calmed by recounting God's infinite kindness.
By David, bless Hashem, O my soul; and all that is with me (bless)
His Holy Name. Bless Hashem, O my soul, and forget not all His
kindnesses; Who forgives all your sins; Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit; Who crowns you with kindness
and mercy; Who satisfies your mouth with goodness, so that
your youth is renewed like the eagle.
Psalm 103: 1-5
The Stone Edition Tanch
In Rabbinic phrase the human soul is a tiny lamp kindled
from the Divine torch; it is the vital spark of heavenly flame.
Talmud, Berekot 10a
And in this endless Love man's Soul is kept whole, as the matter
of the Revelations signifieth and sheweth: in which endless Love
we be led and kept of God and never shall be lost. For He willeth
that we be aware that our Soul is a life, which life of His Goodness
and His Grace shall last in Heaven without end, Him loving, Him
thanking, Him praising. And right the same that we shall be with-
out end, the same we were treasured in God and hid,
known and loved from without beginning.
Julian of Norwich (c. 1342 - c. 1416)
Female, she resided in the Church of St. Julian in Norwich,
hence the name given to her. Little else is known.
From "Revelations of Divine Love," first published in 1373
There comes a time in the seeker's life when he discovers
that he is at once the lover and the beloved. The aspiring
soul which he embodies is the lover in him. And the trans-
cendental Self which he reveals from within is his Beloved.
Sri Chinmoy (1931- 2007)
Indian philosopher and guru;
author, artist, composer
Souls are God's jewels, every one of which is worth many worlds.
Thomas Traherne (c. 1636 - c. 1674)
English poet, parish priest and religious writer
You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.
C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)
Irish author and scholar
When the soul clings to the Lord, and the Lord,
moved by compassion and love, comes to the soul and clings to it,
and the mind remains constantly in the grace of the Lord, then the
soul and its Lord become one spirit, one nature, and one mind.
Makarios the Egyptian, aka Marcarius the Great,
and Lamp of the Desert (300-391)
Egyptian Christian monk and hermit
Excerpted from "Ecstatic Confessions" by Martin Buber
Harper & Row, 1985
...and now, The Last Word:
God never deserts the soul,
but abides there in bliss forever.
Julian of Norwich
Random Bonus Quote:
The happiest people don't necessarily have the best
of everything. They just make the best of everything.
Book of Psalms;
Julian of Norwich;
C. S. Lewis;
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