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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
individual and uplifts the community. However you worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. Let
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When we long for God and his will we rejoice in it and that
rejoicing is the fulfillment of our longing...
Loving, we wish to be the instrument of his action
so that his love can operate in and through us.
...With this great privilege I also have a duty which I joyfully
fulfill: to weep with those who are weeping, to rejoice with
those who rejoice, to talk with the simple-minded in their
language and to use the most erudite and learned terms with
sages. I wish to make all see that everyone can aspire, not to
the same specific things, but to the same love, the same
surrender, the same God and his work...
Excerpted from "The Sacrament of the Present Moment,"
by Jean-Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751)
Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new
hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment
and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.
Thich Nhat Hanh (1926- )
Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk and author
Hot Tea Therapy
All of us
need Hot Tea Therapy
from time to time,
Requiring a special someone
who lets us know
that another cares,
Whether it's to mend a broken dream,
Repair a damaged expectation,
Celebrate the smallest success,
Give a single hug of encouragement
or simply share a cup of hot tea.
Excerpted from "Bless the Day,"
by June Cotner
Kodansha International, 1998
We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997)
Roman Catholic nun and humanitarian
Charity enables us to spiritualize the material, and to actualize our
virtuous intentions. God could have easily distributed wealth evenly
to all people. But, as the sages say, "If everyone were wealthy or poor,
who would be generous?"Just as G-d continues to give -- every fraction
of time, every day on earth -- charity allows us to give, thus becoming
G-dlike ourselves. Remember: The money you give away is not your
own; G-d has lent it to you to allow you the gift of giving. Those who
have been blessed with more money, then, are those who have been
blessed by G-d with the opportunity and privilege to be more
giving, to be more G-dlike.
Excerpted from "Toward a Meaningful Life: The Wisdom of the
Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson,"
by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2004
When an idea becomes tolerant,
it becomes creative.
From "Finding God in a Tangled World,"
by Juris Rubenis and Paul Valliere
Paraclete Press, 2007
Every morning when I wake up, I close my eyes and take a few deep
breaths. Then I ask myself the question, "Who shall I send love to today?"
Instantly, a picture of someone will pop into my mind -- a family member,
a friend, someone I work with, a neighbor, someone from my past, even
a stranger I may have seen on the street...Once the person to whom I'm
directing the love is clear, I simply wish them a day filled with love...
When I'm finished, which is within seconds, I usually feel that my
heart is ready to begin my day. In some mystical way that I can't
explain, those few seconds stick with me for many hours...
Excerpted from "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...
and it's all small stuff,"
by Richard Carlson, Ph.D.
And now, the Last Word:
Whenever a G-dly act is performed, all are
elevated beyond time. Save a life -- you are
Noah saving the entire world. Feed weary
travelers -- they are the angels coming to
visit Abraham and Sarah. And Abraham
and Sarah are hosting them with you.
From the wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem
Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994);
Words and condensation
by Tzvi Freeman
Courtesy of Chabad.org
Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1921-1968)