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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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What constitutes a holy life? To attempt a definition of such
a life, we first must define the word "holy." While most of us
equate holiness with piety, a look at the word's roots reveals
something different. "Brown, Driver and Briggs (BDB) list
meaning of the word as "separation" or "withdrawal..."
(christianleadershipcenter.org). In Hebrew, the adjective
qadosh means "holy." The noun qodesh has the meaning
of "apartness, sacredness." There are other roots to the
word as well, but in essence, for something to be considered
holy, it must be set apart. So for a life to be holy, it must be
lived "apart." That doesn't mean we all have to become
ascetics living in the desert! I suggest it means we must
separate from our baser instincts, live apart from fear
and anxiety and withdraw into the light of Love.
A man who wants to lead the orchestra
must turn his back on the crowd.
Max Lucado (1955- )
Christian author, Pastor in San Antonio, Texas
Our duty is to encourage everyone in his
struggle to live up to his own highest idea,
strive at the same time to make the ideal as near
as possible to the Truth.
Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)
Founder of the Ramakrishna order of Monks
Make me hear joy and gladness,
may the bones that You crushed exult.
Hide Your face from my sings, and
erase all my iniquities. Create a pure
heart for me, O God, and a steadfast
spirit renew within me.
Psalm 51: 10-12
The Stone Edition Tanach
Mesorah Publications, ltd
I pray not for wealth, I pray not for honours,
I pray not for pleasures, or even the joys of
poetry. I only pray that during all my life I
may have love; that I may have pure love
to love Thee.
Chaitanya Mahaprabnu (1486-1534)
Ascetic Vaishnava Bengali monk
Waking up this morning, I smile.
Twenty-four brand new hours are before me.
I vow to live fully in each moment and to look
at all beings with eyes of compassion.
Thich Nhat Hanh (1926- )
Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk and author
The world is not divine sport, it is
divine destiny. There is divine meaning
in the life of the world, of man, of human
persons, of you and of me.
Creation happens to us, burns itself into
us, recasts us in burning -- we tremble
are faint, we submit. We take part
meet the Creator, reach
out to Him, helpers and
Martin Buber (1878-1965)
Austrian-Jewish philosopher and educator
Excerpted from "I and Thou"
Collier Books, 1987
I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,
to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable
to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed
to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,
that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and
acceptable and perfect.
For as in one body we have many members, and all the members
do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body
in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having gifts
that differ according to the grace given us, let us use them...
Romans 12: 1-2, 4-5
Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version
And now the Last Word:
Be a blazing fire of truth,
be a beauteous blossom of love,
and a soothing balm of peace.
People imagine that they communicate their virtue
or vice only be overt actions, and do not see that
virtue or vice emit a breath at every moment.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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