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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,

You've gotta love the male animal. He is intrinsically proactive. Whereas the female
of our species prefers to "feel" a situation, mull over all the options, ask for advice,
mull it all over again, stew a little longer and still be slightly uncertain after choosing
a course of action, a male acts almost instantly because he just wants the situation
resolved. He considers fewer courses of action than a female, but once he makes a
choice, he usually doesn't look back. Being female myself, I think men overlook an
extremely interesting process, but I do appreciate their ability to be decisive!

In recognition of Father's Day, today's site takes a more masculine view of reaching
toward the spiritual journey and God as our Father. It embraces decisive action, an
apple from which I'd like to take bites more frequently! Here's to you, guys...

- Lisa

Photo by Chuck Bowman                                                             All rights reserved

Lord, put courage into my heart, and take away all that may hinder me serving you.

Free my tongue to proclaim your goodness, that all may understand me.

Give me friends to advise and help me, that by working together
our efforts may bear abundant fruit.

And, above all, let me constantly remember that all my actions
are in vain unless they are guided by your hand.

Source: The Royal Military College of Canada



Often we want to be able to see into the future. We say,
"How will next year be for me? Where will I be five or
ten years from now?" There are no answers to these
questions. Mostly we have just enough light to see the
next step: what have to do in the coming hour, or the
following day. The art of living is to enjoy what we can
see and not complain about what remains in the dark.
When we are able to take the next step with the trust
that we will have enough light for the step that follows,
we can walk through life with joy and be surprised
at how far we go. Let's rejoice in the little light
we carry and not ask for the great beam that
would take all shadows away.

Henri J. N. Nouwen (1932-1996)
Dutch priest; author of over 40 books
From "The Dance of Life,"
Ave Maria Press, 2005


Walking uplifts the spirit. Breathe out the poisons of tension, stress, and worry;
breathe in the power of God. Send forth little silent prayers of goodwill toward
those you meet. Walk with a sense of being a part of a vast universe. Consider
the thousands of miles of earth beneath your feet; think of the limitless expanse
of space above your head. Walk in awe, wonder, and humility. Walk at all times
of day. In the early morning when the world is just waking up. Late at night
under the stars. Along a busy city street at noontime.

Wilferd A. Peterson (1900-1995)
American author who wrote for "This Week" magazine


Where'er you walk, cool gales shall fan the glade

Trees, where you sit, shall crowd into a shade;

Where'er you tread, the blushing flow'rs shall rise,

And all things flourish where you turn your eyes.

Alexander Pope (1688-174)
English poet

The Last Word :

Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.

Wallace Stevens
American Modernist poet



















































































Random Bonus Quote:

You change your life by changing your heart.

Max Lucado (1955 -    )
Christian author and minister


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Military College of
Henri Nouwen;
Wilferd A.
Alexander Pope;