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WELCOME! I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing daily inspiration, quotes and religious resources. Faith and religion are precious gifts that bless.
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Many of us have learned to look at each step--at each day in our
life--as an almost inconsequential side trip that is disconnected
from any larger journey. But the secret to any journey is to fix
your eye on the destination and to keep traveling steadily
toward it. Veering off, even for a short while, is at best a loss
of time; at worst, we get confused and find it difficult
to return on course.
Remember that in the journey of life, your body is the vehicle
but your soul is the compass. By following its voice, you remain focused on your destination, and each step--each day--brings
you closer. How you live today determines how you will live tomorrow. The very next thing you do, no matter how small,
will determine the rest of your day and, ultimately,
the rest of your life.
It is never too late to start living your life meaningfully.
Excerpted from "Toward a Meaningful Life:
The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson"
by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2002
What is stored within is greater than oil, and it satisfies our
appetites more than meat. It is joy to the heart, light to the eye,
speed to the foot, and shield to the breast.
The Kebra Nagast, or the Book of the Glory of Kings (circa 13th century)
An account of the origins of the Solomonic line of the Emperors of Ethiopia
On the same day Jesus went out of the
house and sat by the sea. And great
multitudes were gathered together to
Him, so that he went out to a boat and
sat; and the whole multitude stood on
the shore. Then He spoke many things to
them in parables, saying: "Behold, a sower
went out to sow. And as he sowed, some
see fell by the wayside; and the birds
came and devoured them. Some fell on
stony places, where they did not have
much earth; and they immediately sprang
up because they had no depth of earth.
But when the sun was up they were
scorched, and because they had no root
they withered away. And some fell among
thorns, and the thorns sprang up and
choked them. But others fell on good
ground and yielded a crop: some a
hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"
Matthew 13: 1-9
Holy Bible, New King James VersioN
We have only to believe. And the more threatening and irreducible reality appears, the more firmly and desperately we must believe. Then, little by little, we shall see the universal horror unbend, and then smile upon us, and then take us in its more than human arms.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955)
French Jesuit priest and paleontologist
“Therefore hear the parable of the sower: When anyone
hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand
it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what
was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed
the wayside. But he who received the seed on stony
places, this is he who hears the word and immediately
receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but
endures only for a while. For when tribulation or
persecution arises because of the word, immediately
he stumbles. Now he who received seed among the thorns
is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world
and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and
he becomes unfruitful. But he who received seed
on the good ground is he who hears the word and
understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces:
some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
Matthew 13: 18-23
New King James Version
The Gem cannot be polished without friction,
nor man perfected without trials.
Confucius (551-479 BC)
And now, the Last Word:
Just as a small fire is extinguished by the storm
whereas a large fire is enhanced by it - likewise a weak
faith is weakened by predicament and catastrophes whereas a strong faith is strengthened by them.
Viktor E. Frankl (1905-1997)
Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist;
Experience is a comb which nature gives us when we are bald.