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The Spirituality of Giving: Generosity Begets Generosity

Recently I had the opportunity to read A Spirituality of Fundraising by priest, author and teacher Henri Nouwen. This book opened a new awareness for me about the relationship between fundraising and giving, and how the experience of giving relates to the growth of our spiritual life. 

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by Lorraine LaVigne, RSM  | 

Spirit and Soil: Planting and Nurturing Companionship

In the Farmer’s Almanac, there is a list of companion plants. As the title suggests, these are plants that should be placed next to each other in the garden because they are mutually beneficial. It makes sense that as gardeners we would seek to create a growing environment that promotes healthy soil and a bountiful harvest. So why don't we apply the same principles to the soil of our soul and the garden of friendship? Here are some examples:

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by Jean Golicz, Master Gardener and Mercy by the Sea Volunteer  |