As year’s go, 2022 has delivered both challenges and opportunities to Saint Francis Ministries. So, in one respect, it’s not much different from any other year. Still, the last several years have been a bit stressful for everyone, thanks to COVID and a host of other sociopolitical “stuff.”

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We’re well into the Christmas season, which makes this a good time to reflect upon the season of giving and the end of the year. We all give in different ways – whether it’s our time, knowledge, experience, volunteer work, or money. We know through research that acts of giving and kindness create “good feelings” through the release of endorphins in our brain.

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“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” This quote by 12th century priest and mystic Meister Eckhart points to the great spiritual power of gratitude. Living with gratitude not only has the capacity to deepen our spiritual lives, it’s also good for our health and quality of life.

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