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Welcome To The Religion Network!
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
invited to read every quote posted for each theme, or simply to read those that interest you. They are
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
us meet regularly and build a spiritual network. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.

Note from Lisa: Last week the 400th Home Page of The Religion Network was posted.
Thank you to the many readers whose thirst for God's deep Love made it possible.
There now are plenty of subjects covered in the Archives. If you are struggling with
a specific challenge, I encourage you to scroll through the titles there, because it's
likely you will be able to find some inspiration to lighten your burden and
enlighten your heart at the same time. God bless you all!

When the Spirit comes It touches those to whom It is sent with
subsistent Love. It brings men in some way into the actual presence
of Love, the Love that exists between Father, Son, and Spirit.
Depending on their receptivity, the Spirit empowers men to become
the reality they are being touched by: lovers, in other words. Through
the Spirit, one's eyes can come to perceive, hesitantly at first, murkily
for a long time, but unmistakably, nonetheless, new vistas and un-
dreamed-of panoramas of reality, "for the Spirit reaches the depths
of everything, even the depths of God " (I Cor. 2:10).

Excerpted from "The Conspiracy of God,"
by John C. Haughey, S. J.,
Doubleday and Company, 1973


The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord anointed me
to bring good tidings to the afflicted; he has sent me to bind up the
brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening
of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the Lord's favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion -- to give them a garland in-
stead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle
of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of
righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.

Isaiah 61:1-3
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Version

The creative energy of Spirit must be boundless. Therefore, we can
set no limit to the possibility of what It can do for us. It is able to
give us infinitely more than we have expected, understood or
accepted. It cannot only make the gift, It can, out of Its own
energy and power, out of Its own being, create the way,
method, and the means through which the gift is to come to us.

Excerpted from "Words that Heal Today,"
by Ernest Holmes (1887-1960)
Founder of Church of Religious Science
Dodd, Mead and Company, 1949


The Spirit breathes upon the Word,
And brings the truth to sight;
Precepts and promises afford
A sanctifying light.

A glory gilds the sacred page
Majestic like the sun;
It gives a light to every age --
It gives, but borrows none.

William Cowper (1731-1880)
English poet and hymnodist
  From "The Spirit's Light"

To be on our side of reality, the Spirit has to undergo a kind
of kenosis with each indwelling, an emptying of Its wholly
Holy Otherness (without, at the same time, surrendering Its
Sovereignty) ... In a sense the Spirit puts Itself at the mercy
of our sinfulness, since each of us makes a different amount
of room in himself for the indwelling of the Spirit. Each
accords a different degree of welcome.

Excerpted from "The Conspiracy of God,"
by John C. Haughey, S. J.
Doubleday and Company, 1973


Never the Spirit was born; the Spirit shall cease to be never,

Never the time it was not; End and Beginning are dreams!

Birthless and deathless and changeless remaineth the Spirit forever...

Excerpted from the Hindu text, Bhagavad Gita
Translation by Sir Edwin Arnold

And now, the Last Word:

The Spirit ordinarily limits Its Presence
and Its Power to the depth, length, and
breadth of a man's Amen.

John C. Haughey, S. J.
Professor, Theology Department,
Loyola University Chicago










































Bonus Quote:

Hang around with people who make you laugh.
Find out what makes you laugh --
and start getting more of that in your life.

Allen Klein
American author



On today's
Home Page:

John C. Haughey;
Book of Isaiah;
Ernest Holmes;
William Cowper;
Bhagavad Gita


Friday's site:


are updated!