Generosity in quotes: Thomas Merton

“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection […]

Generosity in quotes: Henri Nouwen, Donald McNeill, and Douglas Morrison

“More important than any particular action or word of advice is the simple presence of someone who cares. . . We have lost the simple but difficult gift of being present to each other . . . we have been led to believe that presence must be useful . . . we have forgotten that […]

Generosity in quotes: Celeste Kennel-Shank

“. . . the truth about ourselves begins with being honest about our innermost thoughts and motivations. From that ground, we can do the work of transforming our communities into places for all to know both the truth and the grace of God.”   Celeste Kennel-Shank, news editor for Christian Century and community gardener in […]

Generosity in quotes:

“The hardest story to share is the one that cuts us deep. The one we don’t want to reveal. The one that proves our own brokenness. Yet if God has brought you any level of healing, it’s important to share that hope and healing with others. When we share the stories we don’t want to […]

Generosity in quotes: David P. King

“The power of money in our lives is too great to view stewardship as managing finances by simply moving money from one column to another. Stewardship is rather tending our souls, aware of our unique fears and desires, nurturing our relationships with money as it marks a way of life and leading us to experience […]

Generosity in quotes: Amanda Grace Caldwell

“We are all waiting for something. But God, in his goodness, brings us moments of joy in-between. It’s a moment of connection or laughter or glee. It’s a moment of peace or of spontaneity. And if we count these moments, one by one, we end up with much more than a ray of light. We […]

Generosity in quotes: John F. Kennedy

“The gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages; the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither […]

Generosity in quotes: David Lose

“Here’s the thing: it’s hard to be generous and brave and compassionate when you’re afraid, or feel like no one hears you, or suspect that no one or is looking out for you. And while there are a lot of conclusions that someone can draw from the 2016 election, one of the conclusions I’ve drawn […]

Generosity in quotes: Henri J. M. Nouwen

“Indeed, if we raise funds for the creation of a community of love, we are helping build the kingdom. We are doing exactly what we are supposed to do as Christians. Paul is clear about this: ‘Make love your aim’ (I Corinthians 14:1, NJB).” Henri J. M. Nouwen, a Dutch Catholic priest, professor, writer, and theologian, […]

Generosity in quotes: Peter Harris and Rod Wilson

“Philanthropy for Christians is first about people rather than about money, the possibility of relationship rather than resources. We must stand against anything that turns persons into wallets or friends into banks.”   Peter Harris, founder and president of A Rocha, and Rod Wilson, former president of Regent College, in Keeping Faith in Fundraising