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                       Monday, July 24, 2006
                                                     

    WELCOME!                                    

           I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network
    is an interfaith website. Faith is a precious
    gift that blesses both the individual and our
    society. However you worship, I hope this
    site enhances your journey.
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    At the top of the Home Page:
    --Longing for the Lord
    Midway down the page:
    --What's new  on the site
    --Speakpage & Archives
    --Religious Headlines
    --Wisdom from author Alan Watts
    For Prayer Warriors who scroll down:
    --Paramahansa Yoganada speaks
    --So does St. Anselm

    And the Last Word goes to the optimist
                                                                                                                                                                       


                                                     


                                                   
                                                                           
                                     


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    What's new on the site:

    1. The Speakpage
    The Speakpage is a board,
    for comments, stories and even
    questions.
    The current question is:
    Do you think you've ever been
    'touched' by an angel?'

    2. Archives
    By popular demand, you can now go
    back in time and visit (or revisit)
    past home pages. They are listed
    by date and general topic.




    Also new on the site:



    Forum
    Part two of Mimi
    Mycroft's story about
    the death of a friend.


    Religious Headlines:

    ---USA: Schools ask how
       to respect all religions

    ---USA: Las Cruces logo
       case set for trial

    ---IRAQ: More Iraqis Fleeing
       Strife and Segregating by Sect           

As the deer longs for streams of water,
so longs my soul for you, O God.
My being thirsts for God, the living God.
When can I go and see the face of God?
Why are you downcast, my soul?
Why do you groan within me?
Wait for God, whom I shall praise again,
my savior,  and my God.  
--Psalm 42:1-3, 6 (New American Bible)

    O God, you are my God - for
    you I long! For you my body
    yearns; for you my soul thirsts,
    like a land parched, lifeless
    and without water. For your love
    is better than life; my lips offer
    you worship!
    Psalm 63:2, 4

    I wait with longing for the Lord,
    my soul waits for his word. My soul
    looks for the Lord more than
    sentinels for daybreak. For with
    the Lord is kindness, with him is
    full redemption.
    Psalm 130:5-7

    One thing I ask of the Lord,
    this I seek: to dwell in the Lord's
    house all the days of my life, to
    gaze on the Lord's beauty and
    to visit his temple.
    Psalm 27:4



    Man is characterized by a hunger for the infinite, for an eternity of life,
    love and joy which, whether he knows it or not, can be nothing other
    than God. Assuming that God exists, it will follow that God is man's true
    end, for the appetite of a living organism shows its function. The stomach
    hungers for food because its function is to digest food. As physical taste
    and hunger may often be mistaken as to their true object, desiring nothing
    but caviar instead of a balanced diet, man is often mistaken as to the goal
    of his life, desiring wealth, power or physical pleasure instead of God. But
    his real appetite continues to be God, for which these lesser goals are
    always unsatisfactory substitutes. Those who set their hearts on finite goals
    are always discontented; they must always have more and more and more
    of what they desire, and failing this are frustrated and miserable. Profound
    contentment is only enjoyed by animals and primitives, in which infinite
    hunger has not been awakened, and by the saints and mystics who have
    realized union with God.

    --Alan Watts, 1915-1973 (author, philosopher)
              From 'Behold the Spirit'



                                     

                                    photo by Stephen Bowman


                  The desire to be one with God is the greatest of all.

    --Paramahansa Yogananda 1893-1952 Indian yogi and guru
     From 'Man's Eternal Quest'
    I seek you by desiring, I find you by loving, I love you by finding.

    --St. Anselm 1033-1109
And now the Last Word:
According to a Dutch study, optimists live longer than pessimists.
It's probably safe to assume that the pessimists knew this was coming...