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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.
ON TODAY'S SITE:
Book of 1 Peter, Sri Chinmoy, Book of 1 Corinthians, Henri Nouwen
Melody Beattie, Book of Colossians, Antoine de Saint-Exupery
I saw two little girls this morning at church whom I hadn't seen a about two months. Wow. They'd
grown so much more than I could have imagined, especially the youngest one. I actually know a
grandfather who took a photograph of his granddaughter every single day the entire first year of her
life. If you're a parent, you know it's true that children literally grow and change daily at that age.
If you found a mirror capable of reflecting spiritual growth, I'll bet you'd be surprised at how much
you've grown and changed. We're all but babes at this whole being a child of God thing, you know.
We crawl around for awhile, waiting for someone to spoon feed us. Then we try standing up; our
legs wobbling and our bodies swaying as we hold on tight to find our balance. With a little more
confidence, we learn to let go a bit, and eventually we try walking, knowing Someone
will always be there to pick us up when we fall down.
And so we grow in wisdom and strength. The impetus to grow is God's seed that has been
planted in us, tended by Him, watered with the clarity of His Wisdom, warmed by the
light of His Love and upheld by the lattice of His Strength.
So put away all malice and all guile and insincerity and envy and all slander.
Like newborn babes, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow
up to salvation; for you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.
1 Peter 2:1-3
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Version
Deliberately and consciously man claims something as his own which is not
actually his: ignorance. But there is only one thing that man can claim as his
own: God, nothing less and nothing else...This is the only thing that
has to discover: his real reality which is dormant within him.
When he is in the desire-life, each man should realize that in him there is a
God-seed. That God-seed is going to germinate eventually into a plant, and
from a plant it will grow into a banyan tree. Again, when the same person
enters into the spiritual life, he has to feel that the fruit, the eternal fruit, is
already there just for him to eat. In the desire-world he has to discover God
the seed so that he can grow and grow in aspiration. In the aspiration-world
he has to discover God the fruit so that he can recognize what he eternally is.
From a speech given in the chapel
at the United Nations, July, 1975
I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither
he who plants not he who waters is anything, but only God,
who makes things grow.
1 Corinthians 3:6-7
The Holy Bible
New International Version
Photo by Chuck Bowman All rights reserved
We tend to run around trying to solve the problems of the world
while anxiously avoiding confrontation with that reality wherein
our problems find their deepest roots: our own selves. In many
ways we are like the busy man who walks up to a precious flower
and says: "What for God's sake are you doing here? Can't you get
busy someway?" and then finds himself unable to understand the
flower's response: "I am sorry, sir, but I am just here to be beautiful."
How can we also come to this wisdom of the flower that being is more
important than doing? How can we come to a creative contact
with the grounding of our own life?...
...In solitude we discover that our life is not a possession to be defended,
but a gift to be shared. It's there we recognize that the healing words
we speak are not just our own, but are given to us; that the love we can
express is part of a greater love; and that the new life we bring forth is
not a property to cling to, but a gift to be received.
Excerpted from "The Dance of Life,"
by Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996)
Ave Maria Press, 2005
When we were children, we may have tried to fit
into an outgrown article of clothing on to our
body. Now, as adults, we may go through a time
of trying to force-fit attitudes that we have
outgrown. We may need to do this to give our-
selves time to realize the truth. What worked
last year, what was so important and special
to us in times past, doesn't work anymore be-
cause we've changed. We've grown...
Excerpted from "The Language of Letting Go,"
by Melody Beattie
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not
stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the
knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and under-
standing. And we pray this in order that you may live a life
worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing
fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God...
The Holy Bible
New International Version
The Last Word:
To live is to be slowly born.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944)
Author of "The Little Prince"
An aviator, he disappeared on a reconnaissance
flight over the Mediterranean in July, 1944.
Totally Random Bonus Quote:
How refreshing, the whinny of a
packhorse unloaded of everything!