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Welcome To The Religion Network!

I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. This site provides inspirational quotes through an
exploration of a new spiritual theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Religion network is offered with 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.

Religion as an institution is a precious gift, blessing individuals and uplifting communities. However you choose to
worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.



Reinhold Niebuhr, Charles Spurgeon, Atisha, John Quincy Adams, John Wooden, C. S. Lewis


Dear Readers,

We think of our lives as linear, moving through birth and maturity
towards death, which is why it appears to us that circumstances
in life keep throwing us curve balls. It is more helpful and more
accurate to look at one's life as moving in a circle as we strive
and surrender; find security via release; and discover serenity
through life's challenges. Challenges which knock us off-balance
can be faced more easily with straightforward prayers of the heart.

One of my favorite people in the world once shared with me two
of the simplest and perhaps most powerful prayers in the world:
The morning prayer is, "Whatever, Lord."
The evening prayer is,"Enough, Lord."
What perfect, circular equilibrium.

- Lisa

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Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity to accept things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;

Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with Him forever in the next.


Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)
Protestant theologian born in Missouri


If we cannot believe God when circumstances
seem to be against us, we do not believe Him at all.

Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)
A popular pastor and writer in England;
He often preached to crowds of more than 10,000 people.

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The greatest achievement is selflessness.
The greatest worth is self-mastery.
The greatest quality is seeking to serve others.
The greatest precept is continual awareness.
The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything.
The greatest action is not conforming with the world's ways.
The greatest magic is transmuting the passions.
The greatest generosity in non-attachment.
The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind.
The greatest patience is humility.
The great effort is not concerned with results.
The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.
The greatest wisdom is seeing though

Atisha (982-1054)
  Born into a region now part of Bangladesh,
  Atisha reintroduced pure Buddhism into Tibet.


Patience and Perseverance have a magical effect
before which difficulties and obstacles vanish.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)
Sixth President of the United States


Do not let what you cannot do
interfere with what you can do.

John Wooden (1910-   )
Former UCLA basketball coach;
Winner of 10 National Championships


The Last Word:

There are two kinds of people:
those who say to God,
"Thy will be done,"
and those to whom God says,
"All right, then, have it your way."

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)
An author and scholar;
author of 'The Chronicles of Narnia.'


















































































Random Bonus Quote:

If things are tough, remember that every flower
that ever bloomed had to go through a whole
lot of dirt to get there.

Barbara Johnson
American author