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.
Our earthly journey can be compared to a journey upon the waters. We try to
chart a good course, lifting our eyes to the stars in the heavens for guidance.
We face storms and doldrums; squalls in our minds that blow us off course; and
occasionally, long cloudy nights when we lose sight of our celestial guidance.
Our hearts remain steadfast and our course true as we come to know the great
Hand that not only moves the waters of our lives, but is the water,
is our ship, is our lives and steers the course of those lives.
Steer the ship of my life, good Lord, to your quiet harbor, where I can be safe
from the storms of sin and conflict. Show me the course I should take. Renew in
me the gift of discernment, so that I can always see the right direction in which I
should go. And give me the strength and the courage to choose the right course,
even when the sea is rough and the waves are high, knowing that through
enduring hardship and danger in your name we shall find comfort and peace.
Basil of Caesarea (330-379)
Christian theologian and monastic;
A saint in both Eastern and Western Christian traditions.
Your love, Jesus, is an ocean with no shore to bound it.
And if I plunge into it, I carry with me all the possessions
I have. You know, Lord, what these possessions are --
the souls your have seen fit to link with mine.
St. Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897)
Carmelite nun, Doctor of the Church
Your path led through the sea,
your way through the mighty waters,
though your footprints were not seen.
You led your people like a flock
by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
The Holy Bible
New International Version
When the Divine Light began its epic descent -- a journey that conceived worlds lower
and lower for endless worlds, condensing its unbounded state again and again into
innumerable finite packages until focused to a fine, crystallized resolution -- it did so
with purpose: to bring forth a world of continuous ascent. Since that beginning, not
a day has passed that does not transcend its yesterday.
Like a mighty river rushing to reach its ocean, no dam can hold it back, no creature can
struggle against its current. Even we, its voyageurs, cannot turn back. We must only
move on with the river, on its relentless ascent to the sea.
We may appear to take a wrong turn, to lose a day in failure -- it is our delusion, for we
have no map to know the river's way. We see from within, but the river knows its path
from Above. And to that place Above it is drawn.
We are not masters of that river -- not of our ultimate destiny, not of the stops along
the way, not even of the direction of our travel. We did not create the river -- its flow
creates us. It is the blood and soul of our world, its pulse and its very fibers.
Yet of one thing we have been granted mastery: Not of the journey, but of our role
within it. How soon will we arrive? How complete? How fulfilled? Will we be the
spectators? The props? Or will we be the heroes?
That is all. And that is all that counts.
By Tzvi Freeman
Courtesy of Chabad.org
The Last Word :
You and I are as much continuous with the physical
universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.
Alan Watts (1915-1973)
British philosopher and writer
Random Bonus Quote:
Are you weak? Weary? Confused? Troubled? Pressured?
How is your relationship with God?
Is it held in its place of priority? I believe the greater
the pressure, the greater your need for time alone with Him.
Award-winning Christian author