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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.



Vladimir Lindenberg, Omaha tribal prayer, Thich Nhat Hanh, Paramahansa
Yogananda, Book of Colossians, Book of 1 Peter, John Greenleaf Whittier


Dear Readers,

What was that theme from "Mahogany" that Diana Ross sang - "Do You Know Where
You're Going To?" Aside from the cringe-inducing bad grammar, it was a thought-provoking
song. The second line was the best: "... Do you like the things that life is showing you?"

Becoming introspective is paramount to becoming a holier person. Even if we simply
wish to live a more peaceful life, we have to leap headlong into regular self-inspections.
This may mean becoming our own mental drill sergeant, but always one with a mushy
heart that remembers how utterly forgiving our God is when we are willing to dig deep,
pull out the ugly stuff, look at it honestly, and cast it far away from us, making more
room for Love to live in corners formerly occupied by nasty little buggers like lies,
greed or anger. We need first to acknowledge our impurities with introspection, for
we are needy creatures. With mindfulness, discipline and faith, we will be shown
how to change our innermost being until we "like the things that life is showing" us.

- Lisa

road through a vineyard in Italy
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 Much of the suffering in the world is caused
not so much by conscious wickedness as by lack
of reflection, hastiness and lack of discipline.
A single movement of reflection would often suffice
to prevent the unleashing of many a far reaching
chain of misfortune and misdoing.

Excerpted from "Meditation and Mankind,"
by Vladimir Lindenberg
Rider and Company, 1959


here needy he stands,
and I am he.

Omaha tribal prayer


Because we don't know the art of mindful living, we make
mistakes in our daily lives, and internal formations arise in
us and those around us. We make our families, friends, and
colleagues suffer because we don't understand them well
enough and we have no patience...Maybe we haven't had
the time to look deeply into the nature of our love,
to sum up what our love is about...

From "Teachings on Love,"
by Thich Nhat Hanh
Parallax Press, 2005


It is a good idea to keep a mental diary. Before you
go to bed each night, sit for a short time and
review the day. See what you are becoming.
Do you like the trend of your life?
If not, change it.

Paramahansa Yogananda
From "Sayings of Paramahansa Yogananda"

flower pot
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Put to death, then, the parts of you that are earthly: immorality,
impurity, passion, evil desire, and the greed that is idolatry.
Because of these the wrath of God is coming (upon the
disobedient). By these you too once conducted yourselves,
when you lived in that way. But now you must put them all
away: anger, fury, malice, slander, and obscene language
out of your mouths. Stop lying to one another, since you
have taken off the old self with its practices and have put
on the new self, which is being renewed, for knowledge,
in the image of its creator.

Colossians 3:5-10
The New American Bible



Therefore, gird up the loins of your mind, live soberly,
and set your hopes completely on the grace to be brought to
you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Like obedient children,
do not act in compliance with the desires of your former
ignorance, but, as he who called you is holy, be holy
selves in every aspect of your conduct...

I Peter 1:13-15
New American Bible




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The Last Word:

Search thine own heart.
What paineth thee
In others, in thyself may be.

John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)
"The Chapel of the Hermits"




















































































Totally Random Bonus Quote:

A symbol of the redemption, the dolphin is found on
some of the oldest tombs. The dolphin is thought by
some to be the most sophisticated and majestic of all
marine life. It was said that it carried the souls of the
saved "across the sea" to the land of the blessed.

A factoid from "The Catholic Source Book,"
Harcourt Religion Publishers, 2007