|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:
I love Halloween candy as much as the next goblin, but Hallowmas, also known as
All Saint's Day, is better aligned with an inspirational site. And since the name
"Halloween" is directly derived from Hallow's Eve, we're still timely.
All Saints Day (November 1) and All Souls Day (November 2) provide us with a tender
excuse to do what we should do anyway: remember with prayer and gratitude those
who have passed over before us. The veil between them and us is thin and ably pierced
by love's vibrant light, so let us not feel as if they are far removed from us. Heart always
speaks to heart. Divine Love is a connection between us that cannot be broken
because God cannot be broken nor separated from His children.
Whether the loved ones you pray for today passed long ago or only recently, pray in
the confidence that your prayers for them are heard by God and felt by them.
- Lisa Bowman
There is no death! The stars go down
To rise upon some other shore,
And bright in heaven's jeweled crown
They shine for evermore.
There is no death! The dust we tread
Shall change beneath the summer showers
To golden grain, or mellow fruit,
Or rainbow-tinted flowers...
...And ever near us, though unseen,
The dear immortal spirits tread;
For all the boundless universe
Is Life--there is no death!
John Luckey McCreery (1835-1906)
From the poem, "There Is No Death"
As we grow older, we have more and more people to remember, people who
have died before us. It is very important to remember those who have loved
us and those we have loved. Remembering them means letting their spirits in-
spire us in our daily lives. They can become part of our spiritual communities
and gently help us as we make decisions on our journeys. Parents, spouses,
children, and friends, can become true spiritual companions after they
have died. Sometimes they can become even more intimate to us after
death than when they were with us in life.
Remember the dead is choosing their ongoing companionship.
Excerpted from "The Dance of Life,"
by Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996)
Ave Maria Press, 2005
Hashem, Master of Legions, will make for all the nations on this
mountain a feast of fats, a feast of lees -- rich fats and concentrated
lees. On this mountain He will eliminate the faces (wearing) veils, that
are veiled, of all the nations, and the masks that mask all the nations.
He will eliminate death forever, and my Lord Hashem/Elohim will erase
tears from all faces; He will remove the shame of His nation from
upon the entire earth, for Hashem has spoken.
The Stone Edition Tanach
Into the hand that made the rose,
shall I with trembling fall?
George Meredith (1828-1909)
English novelist and poet
Though I walk in the valley overshadowed by death,
I will fear no evil, for You are with me.
The Stone Edition Tanach
We know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more;
death no longer has power over him. As to his death, he
died to sin once and for all; as to his life, he lives for God.
Consequently, you to must think of yourselves as (being)
dead to sin and living for God in Christ Jesus.
But now that you have been freed from sin and have become
slaves of God, the benefit that you have leads to sanctification,
and its end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the
gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus, our Lord.
New American Bible
The Last Word:
"Death is swallowed up in victory.
Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?"
1 Corinthians 15:55
New American Bible
Random Bonus Quote:
When you understand one thing through and through,
you understand everything.
Shunryu Suzuki (1904-1971)
Japanese Soto Zen priest