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Welcome To The Religion Network!

I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. This site provides inspirational quotes through an
exploration of a new spiritual theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Religion network is offered with 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 a 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.



Robert Muller, Wayne Teasdale, Sri Chinmoy, Thomas Merton, St. Augustine, Heraclitus


Dear Readers,

Flipping through the channels looking for a football game, I happened upon one of those "infomercials"
about getting rich by following this particular man's business advice. There were testimonials by many
who have bought his book. They were sincere and intelligent people, so I've little doubt that his advice
is sound. But there are two things wrong with this approach to life, in my opinion. First, if your intention
is to earn money so you can be rich, your intention is hollow, and there can be no happiness inside of
it, because it is a tight, inbred circle into which only one or two can fit. Second, if you think that supply
and success are anything other than gifts from God, your ego will squeeze the life out them and they
will necessarily become lifeless and meaningless to you and the world. But if our actions, aspirations
and our vocations are plugged into all that is bigger than we are, they're divinely empowered.

- Lisa

Italian vineyard
      Photo by Lisa Bowman                                  All rights reserved

If you are really determined to be on the good side of
life, the forces of the universe are there to help you.

-Robert Muller (1923 - )
Former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations


If we align ourselves with goodness, the universe -
the Divine, Infinite Awareness, the Absolute - will
direct and assist us at every juncture...Those that
give themselves to the service of the higher purpose
find the way open to them. If you strive to do
great things, the universe will support you.

Excerpted from "The Mystic Hours,"
by Wayne Teasdale (1945-2004)
New World Library, 2004


Each desire-action makes us feel how weak, how ignorant, how hopeless,
how helpless and how useless we are. Each aspiration-action makes us feel
how strong, how powerful, how soulful, how meaningful and how fruitful
we are. Again, action for action’s sake is not and cannot be the right thing.
Action has to be for God’s sake.

...Each action is God’s Song here on earth for God-
manifestation and there in Heaven for God-satisfaction.

Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007)
Indian spiritual teacher and philosopher


Our vocation is not simply to be, but to work together with God
in the creation of our own life, our own identity, our own destiny
...We are even called to share with God the work of creating the
truth of our identity...We do not know clearly beforehand
what the result of this work will be. The secret of
my full identity is hidden in Him.

From "Thomas Merton: Essential Writings"
Thomas Merton (1915-1968)
Trappist monk and prolific author
Orbis Books, 2005


Trust the past to God’s mercy, the present to God’s love,
and the future to God’s providence.

St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430)
Bishop and theologian

The Last Word:

However far you go, you will never
find the boundaries of the soul.

Heraclitus (6th-5th century B.C.)
Ancient Greek philosopher
















































































Totally Random Bonus Quote:

When you know a thing, to hold that you know it;
and when you do not know a thing, to allow
that you do not know it - this is knowledge.

(551 BC-479 BC)




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