|Welcome To The Religion Network!
I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing inspiration, quotes and
religious resources. This Home Page is changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You are warmly
invited to read every quote posted for each theme, or simply to read those that interest you. They are
offered in the belief that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and that finding the commonality
in religions is more important than pointing up the differences. Religion is precious gift that blesses the
individual and uplifts the community. However you worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. Let
us meet regularly and build a spiritual network. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.
On Today's Theme:
Earthworms set the best example for us. Blessed are they, for St. Francis loved their humility.
Whenever I'm turning over dirt in the garden and I uncover some earthworms, I feel as if a
great blessing has come upon me. These small creatures with two virtually indistinguishable
ends, (how do they know which way is forward?), labor tirelessly in the darkness of earth's
moistness. Their very waste enriches the soil. They ask no glory: no soaring flight, no
silky fur, no sinewy muscles nor blazing speed; yet they do enormous service,
often ending up dangling on the end of a fish hook for all their trouble.
As one of their many admirers, I was ecstatic to find the story below. Just the thought of
straining to hear an earthworm chanting a song to the Lord was entrancing. If you've ever
idly wondered why we are supposed to praise God by seeing him in every living thing,
you may find some solid clues on today's Home Page.
- Lisa Bowman
Rabbi Mordecai of Kremnitz, the son of Rabbi Mikkal, related:
"My father used to intone the verse in the psalm, "My mouth
shall speak the praise of the Lord," as a question. "We ask our-
selves," he explained to me, "how our mouth can speak the
praise of God. For do not the the seraphim and the hosts of
Heaven tremble and grow faint at the greatness of His name?
To this the Scriptures reply: And let all flesh bless His holy
name. All flesh, all that is living--just because it is flesh, it is
called upon to praise Him. We read in the Section of Songs
that even the smallest earthworm chants a song to Him. All
the more man, who has been granted the power to think up
more and more new ways of praising his Maker."
Excerpted from "Tales of the Hasidim,"
by Martin Buber
Schocken Books, 1991
There's a strange frenzy in my head, of birds flying,
each particle circulating on its own.
Is the one I love everywhere?
Rumi (c. 1207-1273)
Persian Sufi mystic
I believe a leaf of grass is no less
than the journey-work of the
And the pismire is equally perfect,
and a grain of sand, and the egg
of the wren,
And the tree-toad is a chef-d'oeuvre
for the highest,
And the running blackberry would
adorn the parlors of heaven,
And the narrowest hinge in my
hand puts to scorn all
And the cow crunching with
depress'd head surpasses any
And a mouse is miracle enough to
stagger sextillions of infidels.
Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
American poet, journalist, humanist
Meditate until you see yourself in a speck of dust in a distant galaxy.
See and listen with the whole of your being. If you are fully present,
the rain of the Dharma will water the deepest seeds in your store con-
sciousness, and tomorrow, while you are washing the dishes or looking
at the blue sky, that seed will spring forth, and love and understanding
will appear as a beautiful flower.
Excerpted from "Teachings on Love,"
by Thich Nhat Hanh
Parallax Press, 2001
The Last Word:
Gaze into the heart of each creature and kin, and
behold the Beloved who gazes upon you with love.
Franciscan nun Georgene Wilson
Anchoress, poet, artist and mystic
The important thing is this:
To be able at any moment
to sacrifice what we are for
what we could become.
Charles Du Bois
Thich Nhat Hanh;