TODAY'S THEME: The Feminine Side of the Divine
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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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offered in the belief that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and that finding the commonality
in religions is more important than pointing up the differences. Religion is precious gift that blesses the
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"Madonna and Child" by Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)


Note from Lisa - The Book of Wisdom, also known as The Book of the Wisdom
of Solomon, and written about 100 years before the birth of Jesus, was not authored by
Solomon, but by a member of the Jewish community in Alexandria, Egypt. An obviously
learned man, he wrote in beautiful Greek. The New Testament refers to portions of The
Book of Wisdom in 51 places. For Roman and Orthodox Catholics, this book is part of
the Canon and is placed between The Song of Songs and the Book of Sirach.
Most Protestant Bibles, however, do not include the Book of Wisdom.


Such things as are hidden I learned, and such as are plain;
for Wisdom, the artificer of all, taught me.
For in her is a spirit intelligent, holy, unique,
Manifold, subtle, agile, clear, unstained, certain,
Not baneful, loving the good, keen,
unhampered, beneficent, kindly,
Firm, secure, tranquil, all-powerful, all-seeing...

For she is an aura of the might of God
and a pure effusion of the glory of the Almighty;
therefore nought that is sullied enters into her.
For she is the refulgence of eternal light,
the spotless mirror of the power of God,
the image of his goodness...

She adds to nobility the splendor of companionship
with God, the selector of his works.

The Book of Wisdom 7: 21-22, 25-26
Wisdom 8: 3-4
New American Bible

Quan Yin, Chinese Goddess of Mercy and Compassion.
Among Buddhist gods, she alone is loved rather than feared.
She is particularly worshipped by the women in South China.


Note from Lisa - Poet Joan Noeldechen writes magnificently; often she writes of people
in her life. To my mind, this poem about Tiffany, who obviously is Christian, reflects as
well the love and compassion that is represented by the Chinese goddess Quan Yin.


Stars falling
from the evening tapestry
are the dust beneath
the feet of a prayer warrior.
No one can compare
to the beauty
of her eyes
on fire for the Lord.
She walks through
the corridors of her work
firmly, with purpose.
She offers prayer and water,
baptizing parched bodies and spirits.
Wisdom crowns her head.
Faith covers her shoulders.
Mother love radiates in her dark eyes,
which smile whenever she speaks.
Tiffany is a fire-bright diamond
in a cold world -
one of God's jewels.

© Joan Noëldechen

The Hindu goddess Lakshmi.
Despite the thousands of deities depicted in their religion,
Hindus believe there is only one supreme Absolute called
"Brahman." The many gods and goddesses simply represent
the vast and varied aspects of Brahman. Lakshmi, a Mother
Goddess, is the female energy of the Supreme Being. She
is the goddess of prosperity, puriity, generosity and is the
embodiment of beauty, grace and charm.


Glory to you, O Mother, glory to you, mother Lakshmi.
Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma meditate on you every
day and night...

O! daughter of the Ocean of Mile and the beauteous
temple of all propitious virtues,
you are verily a living mass of all fourteen gems
with which none else is endowed.

Whosoever hymns this prayer to Lakshmi is purged of
his sins and experiences the ecstasy of joy.

Hindu prayer to Lakshmi

Madonna and Child icon

For as surely as God is Father,
so surely is God also Mother,
Jesus is our true Mother by nature
Because he has created us.
He is also our mother by grace,
for he took our created nature upon himself,
All the lovely deeds and tender services
of motherhood may be seen in him.
The human mother suckles her child with her own milk,
but Mother Jesus nourishes us with himself,
the priceless food of eternal life.

Julian of Norwich (1342-c. 1416)
Female English mystic


Our Father-Mother God, all harmonious,
Adorable One.
Thy kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present...

Excerpted from "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,"
by Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910)
Founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist

And now, the Last Word:

Naked you came from Earth Mother.
Naked you return to her.
May a good wind be your road.

"The Return to Mother Earth"
Prayer from the Omaha Tribe



































Bonus quote:

All that I am, or hope to be,
I owe to my angel mother.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
16th President of the United States


On today's
Home Page:

Book of Wisdom;
Joan Noeldechen;
Hindu prayer;
Julian of Norwich;
Mary Baker Eddy;
Native American