The Religion Network publishes Monday, Wednesday & Friday
line decor
line decor
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.



Alexander Green, Viktor Frankl, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Henry van Dyke, The Kabbalah, Alfred D' Souza, Armin Gesswein, C. S. Lewis

Dear Readers,

Someone said if you think someone lives the perfect, easy life without any problems, you just don't
know them well enough yet. Amen to that. Absolutely everybody has problems - some are just more
readily apparent than others. We're all bailing the water out of our dinghies. The goal is to focus on
the tin can, the set of life problem-solving skills we own, so we don't sink to the lake bottom

Of course, it starts and ends in our thinking and our heart; in every prayer. It takes our talents and
our character, forged in the heat of everyday challenges to have the strength and courage to look
life in the face with bold spirituality. But if our prayers to God are rooted in humility, it is inevitable.

- Lisa

Photo by Chuck Bowman                                 All rights reserved

The first key to resolving your problems is to upgrade your thinking.
“This time, like all times, is a very good one,” said (Ralph Waldo) Emerson,
“if we but know what to do with it.”

We also fail to recognize how our problems benefit
us by strengthening us, advancing our interests.

When a man “is pushed, tormented, defeated,” (Emerson) wrote,
“he has a chance to learn something; he has been put on his wits; on
his manhood; he has gained facts; learns his ignorance; is cured
of the insanity of conceit; has got moderation and real skill.”

If it doesn’t seem that way now, recognize that it may in the future.
It’s often just a matter of perspective. “The years teach much,”
Emerson said, “which the days never know.”

Excerpted from:
Emerson: The Quintessential American (08-28-09)
by Alexander Green
Investment Director of the Oxford Club and author


What is to give light must endure burning.

Viktor Frankl (1905-1997)
Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist and concentration camp survivor


A talent is formed in stillness,
a character in the world's torrent

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
Key figure of German literature


Don't waste life in doubts and fears;
spend yourself on the work before you,
well assured that the right performance
of this hour's duties will be the best
preparation for the hours and ages
that will follow it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
American Transcendentalist, poet


Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent
if no birds sang except those that sang best.

Henry van Dyke (1852-1933)
American professor, author and clergyman

orange flowers
Photo by Chuck Bowman                             All rights reserved

We must learn not to disassociate the airy flower from the
earthy root, for the flower that is cut off from its root fades,
and its seeds are barren, whereas the root, secure
in mother earth, can produce flower after
flower and bring their fruit to maturity.

The Kabbalah
A discipline concerned with the
mystical aspects of Judaism


For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin
-- real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way.
Something to be got through first, some unfinished business,
time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin.
At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life."

Dr. Alfred D' souza
Australian author


Elijah had at least six opportunities to quit;
the seventh time the Lord answered.

Armin Gesswein (1909-2001)
Norwegian Lutheran Pastor;
Faculty member in the College of Prayer


Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.

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



Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions.
All life is an experiment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
American Transcendentalist, poet


The Last Word:

Those who have a 'why' to live,
can bear with almost any 'how.'

Viktor Frankl (1905-1997)
Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist
and concentration camp survivor













































































Totally Random Bonus Quote:

It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth --
and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up --
that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (1926-2004)
Swiss-born psychiatrist and author on the art of dying