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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.
However you choose to worship, I hope this site enhances your journey.
If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.
In moments of confusion or despair, we can find
ourselves wondering, where is God? How can we
place ourselves inside the circle of divine comfort
Even all the imagery that religions
offer: looking up, looking inward,
actively searching, passively being quiet,
etc., can leave us feeling lost.
God is not a place. Even saying He is every-
where implies the possibility that a place
could exist where He is not. God IS. Love IS.
Breath is because God is. Your heart beats
because God is. There could not exist action
without the "is-ness" of God. All is because
God is. Trying to find God is an oxymoron.
We are swimming in God. He wraps us with
strong arms yearning to lift us into the reali-
zation that we are immersed in His love.
All truly contemplative souls have this in common: not that they gather
exclusively in the desert, or that they shut themselves up in reclusion,
but that where He is, there they are. And how do they find Him? By
technique? There is no technique for finding Him. They find Him by His
will. And His will, bringing them grace within and arranging their lives
exteriorly carries them infallibly to the precise place in which they
can find Him. Even there they do not know how they have
got there, or what they are really doing.
Thomas Merton (1915-1968)
Trappist monk; prolific and influential author
O Hashem, You have scrutinized me and You know me. You know my
sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought from afar.
You encompass my path and my repose, You are familiar with all my
ways ...Where can I go from Your spirit? And where can I flee from
Your Presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; if I make my bed
in the lowest depths, behold, You are there; were I to take up wings
of dawn, were I to dwell in the distant west, there, too, Your hand
would guide me, and Your right hand would grasp me.
Psalm 139: 1-3, 7-10
The Stone Edition Tanach
If we would find God amid all the religious
externals we must first determine to find Him,
and then proceed in the way of simplicity. Now as
always God discovers Himself to 'babes' and hides
Himself in thick darkness from the wise and prudent.
We must simplify our approach to Him. We must strip
down to essentials (and they will be found to be
blessedly few). We must put away all effort to
impress, and come with the guileless candor of
childhood. If we do this, without doubt
God will quickly respond.
A.W. Tozier (1897-1963)
Editor, author and pastor
O good shepherd, seek me out, and bring me home to thy fold again.
Deal favorably with me according to thy good pleasure,
till I may dwell in thy house all the days of my life,
and praise thee for ever and ever with them that are there.
St. Jerome (c. 342-420)
Christian priest best known for
translating the Vulgate Bible
...and now, the Last Word :
He who is in the sun, and in the fire
and in the heart of man is ONE.
He who knows this is one with the ONE.
Random Bonus Quote:
I can't always control my body the way I want to,
and I can't control when I feel good or when I don't.
I can control how clear my mind is. And I can control
how willing I am to step up if somebody needs me.
Michael J. Fox
American actor; on having Parkinson's disease
The Book of Psalms;
A. W. Tozier;