TODAY'S THEME: Startling Truths
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I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing inspiration, quotes and religious resources. Faith and religion are precious gifts that bless. However you worship, I hope this
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To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
American poet


The power of spiritual forces in the Universe -
how active it is everywhere! Invisible to the eyes,
and impalpable to the sense, it is inherent in all
things, and nothing can escape its operation.

Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)
Chinese social philosopher


There are two ways to live:
you can live as if nothing is a miracle;
you can live as if everything is a miracle.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
German-born theoretical physicist


A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to
worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling
the word, "darkness" on the walls of the cell.

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)
Irish author and scholar


For the word of God is living and active,
sharper than any two-edged sword,
piercing to the division of soul and spirit,
of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts
and the intentions of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Edition

There is not one blade of grass, there is no color
in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.

John Calvin (1509-1564)
French Protestant theologian;
central developer of Calvinism


I believe a blade of grass is no less than
the journey-work of the stars.

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
American poet, essayist, journalist and humanist


Not only the pirouettes of a leaf as it falls off a tree, the quivering
of a blade of grass in the wind, each and every detail of existence
brought into being, given life and directed every moment from Above.

but beyond that--

Every nuance is an essential component of a grand and G-dly scheme,
the gestalt of all those vital minutiae.

Every moment burns with the pulse of God's desire.

Meditate on this. And then think:
How much more so the details of my daily life.

Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994)
Prominent Hasidic rabbi of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement
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God's wisdom made us lovers of one another. In fact,
all the particles of the world are in love and looking for lovers.

Rumi (1207-1273)
Persian Sufi poet and theologian


For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3: 16
The Holy Bible
King James Version


Our good Lord spoke to me, most blessedly:
"Oh, how I love you!..."

Julian of Norwich (1342-1416)
English mystic


God created man in order to have someone
on whom to shower his love.

St. Irenaeus of Lyons (2nd century)
Bishop of Lugunum in Gaul;
disciple of Polycarp

And now, the Last Word:

If you speak and act with a pure mind,
happiness will follow you,
as a shadow clings to a form.

The Buddha
(c. 563 BC - c. 483 BC)




















































Bonus quote:

Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.

G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
English writer

(Well, it is a startling truth, isn't it? --Lisa)


On today's
Home Page:

CS Lewis;
The Bible;
John Calvin;
The Rebbe;
Julian of
St. Irenaeus;
The Buddha