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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.


- The Religion Network publishes three times weekly -


Unknown Confederate soldier, Duke Ellington, I Chronicles, Lao-Tzu, Anne Lamott, Salman Rushdie

- May the Lord bless all who lost their lives or their loved ones on 9/11 -


Dear Readers,

The Huntington Library in San Marino, CA, is a wondrous place of artwork, scholastic
treasures and glorious gardens. I spent several hours there on Wednesday with my
three-year-old goddaughter and her mother. As we wandered through the conservatory
i read a sign explaining the role of wind in the life of a tree. When a tree is subjected to
daily winds, its roots learn to cling tenaciously to the soil and its trunk becomes pliable.
The constant challenge of withstanding those daily winds creates a stronger and more
flexible tree that is better adapted to withstand more ferocious weather.

All those small challenges we face daily are our winds. If we deal with them gracefully,
they will make us both stronger and more flexible; better able to gracefully weather
the bigger challenges that blow into everyone's life. Consciously use them to practice
and you will be richly blessed with the strength to overcome life's bigger problems.

- Lisa

Photo by Chuck Bowman                             Maui, Hawaii                             All rights reserved

I asked for strength that I might achieve;

I was made weak that I might learn humble to obey.

I asked for health that I might do greater things;

I was given infirmity that I might do better things.

I asked for riches that I might be happy;

I was given poverty that I might be wise.

I asked for power that I might have the praise of men;

I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.

I asked for all things that I might enjoy life;

I was given life that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing that I had asked for,

but everything that I had hope for.

Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were answered;

I am, among all men, most richly blessed.

Found on an unknown Confederate soldier


A problem is a chance for you to do your best.

Duke Ellington (1899-1974)
American jazz composer, pianist, band leader


David also said to Solomon his son, "Be strong and courageous,
and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord
God, my God is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you
until all the work for the service of the temple of the
Lord is finished."

I Chronicles 28:20
The Holy Bible
New International Version

Photo by Chuck Bowman            All rights reserved

To remain whole, be twisted!
To become straight, let yourself be bent.
To become full, be hollow.
Be tattered, that you may be renewed.

Lao-Tzu (6th century B.C.)
Chinese philosopher


On the spiritual path, all the dreck and misery is transformed,
maybe not that same day, but still transformed into
spiritual fuel or insight.

Anne Lamott (1954 -   )
American author



The Last Word:

Our lives teach us who we are.

Salman Rushdie (1947 -    )
British Indian author










































































Totally Random Bonus Quote:

Drink from the presence of saints,
not from those other jars.

Rumi (1207-1273)
Persian theologian and poet




Wisdom from
Rabbi Mentz: