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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,

"The listening heart is a humble heart." I saw this on a church marquee
in Tyro, Kansas, and it stuck in my mind. I didn't hear the sermon that
accompanied it, so I'll share my own take on a lovely concept. When the
heart is quiet and open to another, how humility glows. Yet, I'd like to try
flipping the saying for a moment. We cannot hear the voice of our fellow
man nor the voice of God unless our hearts are stilled and sweet with the
honey of humility. In this quietude of the heart, Holiness arises, the crown
of Meekness on her head. She embraces our heart and begins to speak,
gentle yet forthright and always with great Wisdom, as she guides that
hushed heart to the realization that there is but one Voice who speaks
and only one Ear who listens. To listen with humility turns up the
volume for us of the song of Divinity, the words from God's Kingdom.

- Lisa

Photo by Chuck Bowman                              All rights reserved

Silence is the greatest revelation.

Taoist proverb


Silence, the great calm at the heart of nature, carries, or even hides,
the presence of the Divine. Cloaked in the stillness, the Way, the
Divine One dwells, always available to us through our surrender.
All we need do is dispose ourselves to listening intently. This intent
listening is the essence of meditation. If we lean our ear toward the
stillness, the outer quiet, it will lead us into a realization of the Presence
around us, within us, and beyond us. Outer or surrounding stillness will
deliver us to the inward stillness, the ultimate presence in which we really
reside. Eventually, as our listening and practice mature, outer and inner
finally collapse into each other, and we find ourselves in the One.

Excerpted from "The Mystic Hours,"
by Wayne Teasdale (1945-2004)
New World Library, 2004



my heart,

to the whispers of the world

with which it makes love to you.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Bengali poet, composer, Nobel prize winner



The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep.
The Watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to
his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them,
and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.

John 10:2-4
The Holy Bible
New International Version


Shepherd, show me how to go
O'er the hillside steep,
How to gather, how to sow,--
How to feed Thy sheep;
I will listen for Thy voice,
Lest my footsteps stray;
I will follow and rejoice
All the rugged way.

Excerpted from "Feed My Sheep,"
by Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910)
Founder of Christian Science


The Last Word:

Listen! Listen to the roar of his voice,
to the rumbling that comes from his mouth.

Job 37:2
The Holy Bible
New International Version















































































Random Bonus Quote:

An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.

Lao Tzu


On today's
Home Page:

Taoist proverb;
Book of John;
Mary Baker