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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.
If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.

Today's Theme:

"Do not be afraid." The scriptures of every religion give
us these precious words over and over, and still it's not
easy. We react with fear to things that are threatening, to
things that are unknown, and to things that are painful.

Franklin D. Roosevelt was right when he said we've nothing
to fear but fear itself. We fear fear. And fear is contagious.
Witness the global economy.
Consider what happens when
people in a crowd begin to panic. But to every shadow, there
is the antidote of light. And to every fear, there is the antidote
of Love. I'm drawn to Henri Nouwen's quote wherein he refers
to "the house of love." Our Father's *many mansions are that
house, a house in which to live, safely and unafraid.

-Lisa Bowman

* John 14:2 (KJV)

Hardly a day passes in our lives without our experience of inner
or outer fears, anxieties, apprehensions and preoccupations.
These dark powers have pervaded every part of our world to such
a degree that we can never fully escape them. Still it is possible not
to belong to these powers, but to choose the house of love as our
home. This choice is made not just once and for all but by living
a spiritual life, praying at all times and thus breathing God's
breath. Through the spiritual life we gradually move
from the house of fear to the house of love.

Excerpted from "The Dance of LIfe,"
Ave Maria Press, 2005
by Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996)
Dutch priest and author of over 40 books


I will come to you in the silence,
I will lift you from all your fear.
You will hear my voice,
I claim you as my choice,
be still and know I am here.


Do not be afraid, I am with you.
I have called you each by name.
Come and follow me,
I will bring you home;
I love you and you are mine.

Verse 1 and refrain, "You Are Mine"
by David Haas
G.I.A. Publications, 1991

When we see a very beautiful sunset, we are very happy,
perceiving that the sun is there with us. In fact it was
already behind the mountain eight minutes ago. It takes
eight minutes for the sunshine to reach our planet. The
hard fact is that we never see the sun in the present,
we only see the sun of the past. Suppose while walking
in the twilight, you see a snake, and you scream, but
but when you shine your flashlight on it, it turns out
to be a rope. This is an error of perception. During
our daily lives we have many misperceptions.

Thich Nhat Hanh (1926- )
Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk & author


Don't panic. Problems were made to be solved. Life was made to be lived.
Although sometimes we may be in over our heads -- yes, we may even go
under for a few moments and gulp a few mouthfuls of water, we won't
drown. We're wearing -- and always have been wearing -- a life jacket.
That support jacket is called "God."

Excerpted from "The Language of Letting Go,"
by Melody Beattie
Hazeldon, 1990

To be free of fear, one must understand death.
J. Krishnamurti

All fear is ultimately related to death; it's our emotional reaction to
the threat unknown. The unknown is like a wall around perception,
insight, and knowledge...If we attain both an intimate realization of
death's absolute inevitability and an understanding that death is a
doorway, a transition to a greater reality for us, our fear will dissolve.
With freedom from this looming apprehension, we are made ready
for life in its fullness; we exist much more comprehensively when
the totality of our being is engaged. Becoming free of fear isn't
easy; it requires work and facing death's reality head-on.

Excerpted from "The Mystic Hours,
by Brother Wayne Teasdale
New World Library, 2004


...and now, the Last Word :

Fear arises from desire, but dissolves
of its own accord when you stand
firm and bear it with impartiality.

The Buddha (c. 563 - c. 483 BC)
















































































Random Bonus Quote:

I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.

C.S. Lewis


On today's
Home Page:

Henri Nouwen;
David Haas;
Thich Nhat Hanh;
Melody Beattie;
J. Krishnamurti;
The Buddha


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