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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.
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On Today's Theme:
The Bible says that God spoke the world into being.
Just look in Genesis 1 at how many times God
"said" something into creation. Words create.
Our words may not carry quite that much power,
but they still pack a wallop. Just say something kind
to a hurt person and you can see them visibly brighten.
Get angry at a person and let them know about it, and you
can watch the ripples of that anger spread like a nasty disease.
And it's true that actions speak louder than words.
St. Francis of Assisi makes that clear. Confess sins
(anything that separates you from God) and you can
begin to let go of them. Choose the right words to speak,
speak them from your heart,
and suddenly, miraculously,
your mouth becomes a powerful instrument for love.
- Lisa Bowman
Author Stephen Levine asks the question, "If you had an hour to live
and could make only one phone call --- who would you call, what would
you say, and why are your waiting?" What a powerful message!
Who knows what we are waiting for? Perhaps we want to believe
we will live forever, or that "someday" we will get around to telling
the people we love how much we love them. Whatever the
reasons, most of us simply wait too long.
Excerpted from "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...and it's all small stuff,"
by Richard Carlson, Ph.D.
- Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.
- If we want a love message to be heard, it has to be sent out.
To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997)
Albanian Roman Catholic Nun
A gentle reply turns away wrath, but a galling word incites anger.
The tongue of the wise will enhance wisdom, but the mouth of fools
will spout foolishness. A soothing tongue is a tree of life,
but corruption of it is damage of the spirit.
The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but not so the heart of fools.
Proverbs 15: 1-3, 4, 7
The Stone Edition Tanach
Mesorah Publications, Ltd.
Yom Kippur Confessions:
* Lisa's note: Yes, I know it's not Yom Kippur, but these confessions are relevant.
Of all 19 confessions listed, these four involve the words we utter:
For the mistakes we committed before you through things we blurted out with our lips.
For the mistakes we committed before you through harsh speech...
For the mistakes we have committed before you through denial and false promises.
For the mistakes we have committed before you through negative speech...
(Excerpted from the Al-Chet)
Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest
heresy to think so. If there is sin, this is the only sin: to say that
you are weak, or others are weak.
Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)
Indian spiritual leader of the Hindu religion (Vedanta)
"St. Francis Preaching to the Birds," by Giotto
St. Francis of Assisi said about words:
- Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.
- While you are proclaiming peace with your lips,
be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.
- It is no use walking anywhere to preach
unless our walking is our preaching.
Grant that I may not pray alone with the mouth;
help me that I may pray from the depths of my heart.
Martin Luther (1483-1546)
German monk, priest, theologian, professor and reformer.
...and now, The Last Word:
Let the words of my mouth,
and the meditation of my heart,
be acceptable in they sight,
O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.
Psalm 19: 14
The Holy Bible
King James Version
Random Bonus Quote:
Those who want the fewest things are nearest to the gods.
Socrates (c. 469 - 399 BC)
Classical Greek philosopher
Book of Proverbs
Book of Psalms
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