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I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. We provide inspirational
quotes by exploring a new theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This site is offered in 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 precious gift, blessing individuals and uplifting communities.
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Food, glorious food. One of the earthly pleasures of life.
Yet the lack of it births desperation and violence. Those of us
lucky enough to savor food lead disparate but
alongside those who scramble for life's sustenance. We can
reach out and literally feed His sheep, through charities, by
donating time, through prayer and by helping one-on-one.
No less important is becoming conscious of the spiritual
nourishment inherent in food. Eating and the breaking of
bread with others can rise to the level of prayer when we
take the time to be present while partaking. Each bite is
indicative of God's covenant of care for us by strength-
ening, sustaining, comforting and even healing us. And
the pleasure of taste, texture and aromas are meant to
give us great en-Joy-ment. Mangia blessedly today!
First, let us reflect on our own work and the effort of those
who brought us this food. Secondly, let us be aware of the
quality of our deeds as we receive this meal. Thirdly, what
is most essential is the practice of mindfulness which helps
us transcend greed, anger, and delusion. Fourthly, we
appreciate this food which sustains the good health of
our body and mind. Fifthly, in order to continue our
practice for all beings we accept this offering.
Zen Buddhist prayer
Blessed are you, Lord.
You have fed us from our earliest days;
you give food to every living creature.
Fill our hearts with joy and delight.
Let us always have enough
and something to spare for works of mercy
in honor of Christ Jesus, our Lord.
Through him may glory, honor
and power be yours forever.
Anonymous (4th century)
O Lord of the universe
Please accept all this food
It was given by you
Let it be of service to all
Only you can bless it.
Bhagavad Gita (5th century BC)
Blessed are You, O Lord our God,
King of the universe
who feeds the whole world with
Your goodness, grace, kindness and mercy.
You give food to all flesh,
for Your kindness is forever.
Through your great goodness,
food has never failed us:
may it never fail us,
for the sake of Your great Name,
for You nourish and sustain all beings,
and do good to all,
and provide food for all Your creatures
whom you have created.
Blessed are You, O Lord,
who gives food to all.
Jewish grace after meals
Be present at our table, Lord,
Be here and everywhere adored
Thy creatures bless, and grant that we
May feast in Paradise with Thee.
John Wesley (1703-1791)
Anglican cleric; founder of Wesley Methodist movement
...and now, the Last Word :
Whatever therefore ye eat,
or drink, or whatsoever ye do,
Do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31
The Holy Bible
King James Version
Random Bonus Quote:
Say no to negative thinking.