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                      Tuesday, July 25, 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:
    --Prayer for Guidance
    Midway down the page:
    --Wisdom from A. W. Tozier
    --Speakpage & Archives
    --Religious Headlines
    --What's coming soon to The Religion Network
    For Prayer Warriors who scroll down:
    --Author Anne Lamott
    -- St. Ignatius of Loyola

    And the Last Word couldn't be simpler.


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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.



    Religious Headlines:

    ---USA: The Last Ones Standing

    ---FRANCE: Falun Gong brings         
    charges against Chinese

    ---MEXICO: Mexico's Calderon
    steeped in religious struggle

           To read the stories, click on:
            religion in the news


PRAYER FOR GUIDANCE

Let me not wander in vain.

Let me not labor in vain.

Let me not mingle with the
prejudiced.

Let me not leave the company
of the virtuous.

Let me not fly into anger.

Let me not stray off the path
of goodness.

Let me not seek for this day
or for the morrow.

Give me such a wealth,
O Almighty!
Photo by Stephen Bowman
---Pattinattar  (There may have been two
poets who wrote songs under this name,
one in the 10th century, another in the
14th-15th centuries. Their works comprise
the finest sacred poetry from the Hindu Tamil
Siddha tradition of southern India.)
    In making Himself known to us He stays by the familiar pattern of personality. He
    communicates with us through the avenues of our minds, our wills and our emotions.
    The continuous and unembarrassed interchange of love and thought between God
    and the soul of the redeemed man is the throbbing heart of New Testament religion...

    Every age has its own characteristics. Right now we are in an age of religious
    complexity. The simplicity which is in Christ is rarely found among us. In its stead are
    programs, methods, organizations and a world of nervous activities which occupy
    time and attention but can never satisfy the longing of the heart...

    If we would find God amid all the religious externals we must first determine to find
    Him, and then proceed in the way of simplicity. Now as always God discovers Himself
    to 'babes' and hides Himself in thick darkness from the wise and the prudent. We
    must simplify our approach to Him. We must strip down to essentials (and they will be
    found to be blessedly few). We must put away all effort to impress, and come with the
    guileless candor of childhood. If we do this, without doubt God will quickly respond.

    A. W. Tozier (1897-1963)
    Considered by some to be a 20th-century prophet, Tozier was the pastor of the Christian and Missionary
    Alliance Church in Toronto and Chicago.
Take, O Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my
understanding and my will; all that I have and possess.
You have given them to me; to you, O Lord, I restore them.

All things are yours: Dispose of them according to your will.
Give me your love and your grace; for this is enough for me.

--St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556)
An admirer of St. Francis of Assisi, Ignatius founded the order of the Society of Jesus,
better known as the Jesuits.
Photo by Stephen Bowman

And now, the Last Word:



                                                            God is sufficient.



    On the spiritual path, all the dreck and misery is transformed,
    maybe not that same day, but still transformed into spiritual fuel or insight.

    --Contemporary author Anne Lamott