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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:

I observe of myself that only a certain amount of time goes by
before I put together yet another site about God and nature.
I just feel that the King and Creator of the universe plops the
beauty of nature in front of us as an ongoing source of en-
lightenment and inspiration. If we become numbly casual to
the astounding miracles of green grass and lightning bugs,
how do we expect to hear the spiritual whisperings of the
Lord in our hearts? Putting it another way, if we are incapable
of savoring a nibble of the divine, we are rendered unable to
enjoy its fullness. Bend down and smell a rose, and realize
you are inhaling an earthly fragrance beckoning you to
walk through an intangible gateway into a holy world.

-Lisa Bowman

Father of night, Father of day
Father who takes the darkness away
Father who teacheth the birds to fly
Builder of rainbows up in the sky
Father of loneliness and pain
Father of love and Father of rain.

Father of day, Father of night
Father of black, Father of white
Father who built the mountains so high
Who shapeth the cloud there up in the sky
Father of time and Father of dreams
Father who turneth the river and streams.

Father of grain, Father of wheat
Father of cold and Father of heat
Father of air and Father of trees
Who dwells in our hearts and our memories
Father of minutes, Father of days
Father of whom we most solemnly praise.

Bob Dylan (1941 -  )
American singer/songwriter


I asked the whole frame of the world about my God;
and he answered, 'I am not He, but He made me.'

St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430)
One of the most important figures
in the development of Western Christianity


O our Father the Sky, hear us
and make us bold.
O our Mother the Earth, hear us
and give us support.
O Spirit of the East,
send us your Wisdom.
O Spirit of the South,
may we walk your path of life.
O Spirit of the West,
may we always be ready for
the long journey.
O Spirit of the North, purify us
with your cleansing winds.

Sioux Prayer

Beauty takes us beyond the visible world to the height of
consciousness, past the ordinary to the mystical, away
from the expedient to the endlessly true.

Sister Joan Chittister
Benedictine nun and author


...The encounter with beauty carries us beyond this world to the
summit of consciousness, takes us through the ordinary to the
transcendent, breaking through the temporal to what is absolutely
true. All beauty is the call of the Divine. Allow yourself to luxuriate
in the presence of beauty whenever you have the opportunity.
It is an ambassador of the Ultimate.

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

...and now,
the Last Word :

All life's forms are akin,
yet none is like to another:
they are a Choir that makes
God's hidden art manifest.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)
German poet, novelist, dramatist, humanist, scientist

























































































Random Bonus Quote:

No rearview mirror driving.
Straight forward.

Lama Surya Das
American born lama, Buddhist author


On today's
Home Page:

Bob Dylan;
of Hippo;
Sioux prayer;
Joan Chittister;
Wayne Teasdale;
Johann van Goethe


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