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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.

Dear Readers,

Gratitude is a verb. There is nothing passive about it. Gratitude is also
two-fold; it requires a conscious awareness of gifts received. But It doesn't
stop there, for it also requires the action of thankful expression.

Performing gratitude is a graceful dance with the Lord as our dance partner.
If the Creator is taken out of the equation, it cannot be true gratitude, for all acts
of Love are born in His Heart. When we open our hearts to God in gratitude, they
are immediately flooded with healing; our soul rejoices and we feel happiness,
our bodies vibrate with waves of divine strength, and our eyes see the whole
world from a new, higher perspective. Gratitude is fertile soil for spiritual gifts.
Let it be the garden of your life in which God can plant flowers of abundant joy.

- Lisa

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Great and Eternal Mystery of Life, Creator of All Things,
I give thanks for the beauty You put in every single one of Your creations.

I am grateful that You did not fail in making every stone, plant, creature
and human being a perfect and whole part of the Sacred Hoop.

I am grateful that You have allowed me to see the strength and beauty
of all my Relations.

My humble request is that all of the Children of Earth
will learn to see the same perfection in themselves.

May none of Your human children doubt or question Your wisdom,
grace, and sense of wholeness in giving all of Creation
a right to be living extensions of Your perfect love.

Native American prayer



Lord, you are to blessed and praised;
all good things come from you;
you are in our words and in our thoughts,
and in all that we do.

St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)
Spanish Carmelite nun and reformer


G is for gratitude. When I'm in gratitude, if I even stop and
make a list of the things I'm grateful for, that's a form of
prayer. It breaks my trance of misery or self-absorption.

Anne Lamott (1954 -    )
Political activist and author

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God has two dwellings: one in heaven,
and the other in a meek and thankful heart.

Izaak Walton (1593-1683)
English author


Gratitude can turn a meal into a feast, a stranger into a friend.
It makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and
creates a vision for tomorrow.

Melody Beattie
Author of "Codependent No More"


The root of joy is gratefulness. It is not joy that makes
us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.

Brother David Steindl-Rast (1926 -    )
Austrian-American Benedictine monk and author


Gratitude is not only the greatest of all
virtues, but the parent of all the others.

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC)
Roman lawyer, scholar and statesman

The Last Word:

Wake at dawn with a winged heart and
give thanks for another day of loving.

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)
Lebanese-born novelist and poet














































































Random Bonus Quote:

Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress.
Only when it hardens does it become unbearable.

Maya Angelou (1928 -    )
Award-winning author and poet


On today's
Home Page:

Teresa of
Anne Lamott;
Izaak Walton;
Melody Beattie;
David Steindl-
Kahlil Gibran