Guide to Goodness

A Way of Being.  Fruit of the Spirit: Generosity

Art by Melanie Boutiette Just Beloved

It is often said that the United States of America is a generous nation full of generous people. According to Giving USA, charitable giving totaled $471.44 billion in 2020 up from $448.66 billion in 2019.  According to the report, giving by individuals totaled $324.1 billion, up 2.2%.  This is even in the complex landscape of the COVID pandemic and the racial and social justice movements. We saw cracks in the US infrastructure like never before, showing us glaring needs, and Americans continued to give billions of dollars to charity to help. Having been blessed to have a long, successful career in philanthropy, I have seen many examples of this generosity in action.  It inspires me to see individuals live in the Spirit of generosity, giving so much of themselves to help the good causes in which they believe. 

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Guide to Goodness

Show us the way.  Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness

Art by Melanie Boutiette Just Beloved

We live in a hard world.  Especially in the west where we are taught to be independent, self-reliant, and to look out for number one.  While this has worldly benefits, over time, our hearts become hardened, we live in our heads, and rarely let our guard down.  This is counter to what the spiritual life requires of us where we must learn how to be childlike, to be humble and small.  A hardened heart never allows us to lead an integrated life of body, mind, and spirit.  We must cultivate a soft and gentle heart.

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