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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:

Prayer to God's ears must sound like a vast symphony:
a rainbow of sound swelling with inspired grace notes,
low notes of deep emotion and joyful melodies comprising
humankind's love, adoration, spiritual awareness and faith.

Our prayers are influenced by our native tongues and our frame
of reference. Certainly our individual personalities come into
play, and so too, the gifts we have been given with which to
express divine qualities. You'll take note and most likely, a
bit of delight in these influences that are evident in the
heartfelt prayers of today's writers. Are you surprised that
Beethoven yearns for his soul to reach upwards with
"tempestuous fire"? I thought not!

-Lisa Bowman

All photos by Chuck Bowman                All rights reserved

When the heart is hard and parched up,
come upon me with a shower of mercy.

When grace is lost from life,
come with a burst of song.

When tumultuous work raises its din on all
sides shutting me out from beyond,
come to me, my lord of silence,
with thy peace and rest.

When my beggarly heart sits crouched,
shut up in a corner, break down the
door, my king, and come with the
ceremony of a king.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Bengali poet, novelist, composer;
Winner of 1913 Nobel Peace Prize for Literature


O lead my spirit,
O raise it from these weary depths, that ravished by your Art,
it may strive upwards with tempestuous fire. For you alone
have knowledge, you alone can inspire enthusiasm.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
German composer and pianist;
Transitional figure bridging Classical
and Romantic eras of music


You have given so much to me.
Give one thing more,
a grateful heart.

George Herbert (1593-1633)
Welsh poet, author and Anglican priest;
Member of British Parliament

...and now,
the Last Word :

To pray is to dream in league with God,
to envision His holy vision.

Rabbi Abraham Heschel (1907-1972)
One of the leading Jewish theologians
of the 20th century





















































































Random Bonus Quote:

All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind,
because oneness is the secret of everything.

Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)
Hindu saint; founder of the Ramakrishna
Order of Monks


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Ludwig van
George Herbert;
Abraham Heschel


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