|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:
It's quite the understatement to say there are no guarantees in life. If you want to make
God laugh, just tell Him of your plans!
But although the future is unknown, it doesn't
have to feel uncertain. And that makes all the difference. We have control of our thoughts
today. We have control of how we behave towards others today. We have control of how
closely we breathe with the Divine Breath today. All of those things shape our tomorrows
and how we are able to face them. Just picture yourself like Indiana Jones in, which one
was it - the film in which he had to step out into nothingness before the bridge appeared.
He couldn't see what would support his step of faith, but he was certain (well, nearly)
that it would be there to uphold him and take him to the other side.
So can we be.
- Lisa Bowman
Often we want to be able to see into the future. We say,
"How will next year be for me? Where will I be five or ten
years from now?" There are no answers to these questions.
Mostly we have just enough light to see the next step: what
to do in the coming hour, or the following day. The art of
living is to enjoy what we can see and not complain about
what remains in the dark. When we are able to take the next
step with the trust that we will have enough light for the step
that follows, we can walk through life with joy and be surprised
at how far we go. Let's rejoice in the little light we carry and
not ask for the great beam that would take all shadows away.
Excerpted from "The Dance of Life,"
by Henri J. N. Nouwen (1932-1996)
Dutch priest and prolific author
Ave Maria Press, 2005
What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday,
and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow;
our life is but a creation of the mind.
Excerpted from the Dhammapada
Translation by Juan Mascaro
Even before a word is on my tongue, Lord,
you know it all. Behind and before you
encircle me and rest your Hand upon me.
Where can I hide from your spirit?
From your presence, where can I flee?
If I ascend to the heavens, you are there;
If I lie down in Sheol, you are there too.
If I fly with the wings of dawn and light
beyond the sea, Even there your hand will
guide me, your right hand hold me fast.
Psalm 139:4-5, 7-10
New American Bible
If a man wishes to be sure of the road he treads on,
he must close his eyes and walk in the dark.
St. John of the Cross (1542-1591)
Doctor of mystic theology
Naked you came from Earth the Mother. Naked you
return to her. May a good wind by your road.
"The Return to Mother Earth,"
Yesterday is gone.
Tomorrow has not yet come.
We have only today.
Let us begin.
Joseph Cardinal Bernardin (1928-1996)
Archbishop of Chicago
The Last Word:
There are no guarantees. From the viewpoint of fear,
none are strong enough. From the viewpoint
of love, none are necessary.
Professor of Psychiatry
Random Bonus Quote:
May the longtime sun shine upon you,
all love surround you, and the
sweet light within you guide your way on.