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.
Who are you anyway? A collection of neuroses and emotions? Are you the face
you present to the public or are you the angry person who slams doors?
Surely you're not defined by what others might think of you!
If you were freeze-dried, distilled, pared down to your essence, who are you?
If we hold that we are created by God, the only way to discover who we are is
to look into the mirror handed to us by our Creator. Finding our true selves is
a life long journey. Along the path we drop on the wayside all that we are not.
Imagine the litter we dispose of as we slip the facades off our shoulders and
let them fall into the dirt, where they belong. Our burden becomes lighter, our
steps quicken, our hearts calm; as our minds clear, our vision sharpens,
until we finally are able to be ourselves - our true selves.
A tree gives glory to God by being a tree. For in being what God
means it to be it is obeying Him...
For me to be a saint means to be myself. Therefore the problem of sanctity
and salvation is in fact the problem of finding out who I am
and discovering my true self.
Trees and animals have no problem. God makes them what they are
without consulting them, and they are perfectly satisfied.
With us it is different. God leaves us free to be whatever we like. We can
be ourselves or not, as we please. We are at liberty to be real or to be
unreal. We may be true or false, the choice is ours...
But we cannot make these choices with impunity. Causes have effects,
and if we lie to ourselves and to others, then we cannot expect to find
truth and reality whenever we happen to want them...
The seeds that are planted in my liberty at every moment, by God's will,
are the seeds of my own identity, my own reality, my own
happiness, my own sanctity...
Excerpted from "Thomas Merton: Essential Writings"
Orbis Books, 2005
As soon as the waves have stopped and the lake has become quiet,
we see its bottom. So with the mind when it is calm,
we see what our nature is.
19th century Indian Hindu sage
...We are manifestations of the Godhead's infinite creativity. In seeing who we really are,
we pass beneath the surface identity of the ego, the superficial social self we were
conditioned to hold and present to others. Our true nature calls us to dwell
authentically out of this light of being and to make decisions and
act from its truth.
Both quotes from "The Mystic Hours,"
by Wayne Teasdale
New World Library, 2004
The secret of my identity is hidden in the love and mercy of God...
If I find Him I will find myself and if I find my true self I will find Him...
The only One Who can teach me to find God is God, Himself, Alone.
Thomas Merton (1915-1968)
Trappist Monk and prolific author
The Last Word:
To thine own self be true.
From Shakespeare's "Hamlet"
Random Bonus Quote:
Nobility is rooted in humility,
loftiness is based on lowliness.
Chuang Tzu (369-286 BC)