|Welcome To The Religion Network!
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.
However you choose to worship, I hope this site enhances your journey.
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On Today's Theme:
When Jesus said to take no thought for the morrow, it was
more than a directive to have faith. He was also urging us
to live in the present moment. Living in the past or worrying
about the future denies us the present. We can only experience
peace and joy in the here and now. Even if the now consists of
collecting trash or waiting for the world's longest light to change,
even then the King of the Universe is there offering us peace!
Consider that there is just as much beauty in the rosebud as in
the fully opened rose, so don't look ahead or behind, lest you
miss the incredible good that is right next to you in this moment.
- Lisa Bowman
If I am incapable of washing dishes joyfully, if I want to finish them
quickly so I can go and have a cup of tea, I will be equally incapable
of drinking the tea joyfully. With the cup in my hands I will be think-
ing about what to do next, and the fragrance and the flavor of the tea,
together with the pleasure of drinking it, will be lost. I will always be
dragged into the future, never able to live in the present moment.
Thich Nhat Hanh (1926- )
Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk and author of over 100 books
From "Essential Writings" Orbis Books, 2004
First meditate and feel the divine Presence; then do
your work saturated with the with the consciousness
of God. If you do this you will never become tired.
If you work for your Divine Beloved, your life
will be filled with love and strength.
Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Guru and founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship
To discover God in the smallest and most ordinary
things, as well as in the greatest, is to possess a
rare and sublime faith. To find contentment in the
present moment is to relish and adore the divine
will in the succession of all the things to be done
and suffered which make up the duty to
the present moment.
Jean-Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751)
French Jesuit Priest
From "The Sacrament of the Present Moment"
When we touch peace, everything becomes real. We become ourselves,
fully alive in the present moment, and the tree, our child, and
everything else reveal themselves to us in their full splendor.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever
is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is
pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commend-
able, if there is any excellence, if there is
anything worthy of praise, think about these
things. What you have learned and received and
heard and seen in me - practice these things,
and the God of peace will be with you.
The Holy Bible
English Standard Version
...and now, The Last Word:
Then run, faithful souls, happy and tireless;
keep up with your beloved who marches with
giant strides from one end of heaven to the
other. Nothing is hidden from his eyes. He walks
alike over the smallest blade of grass, the tallest
cedars, grains of sand or rocky mountains. Where
you go he has gone before. Only follow him
and you will find him everywhere.
Jean-Pierre de Caussade
Random Bonus Quote:
At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.