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As you reflectively read the excerpts below, take a moment to pause and pay attention to what is happening within you. What touches you? What is stirring? Growing?

"Trees seem to do their feats so effortlessly.

Every year a given tree creates absolutely from scratch ninety-nine percent of its living parts.

Water lifting up tree trunks can climb one hundred and fifty feet an hour; in full summer a tree can, and does, heave a ton of water every day.

A big elm in a single season might make as many as six million leaves, wholly intricate, without budging an inch; I couldn’t make one."

Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

“A tree is:

- a generous gift-giver

- strong in storms of all kinds

- hospitable to nest-builders

- trustful of the promise in seasonal changes

- grateful for enough clean water and good soil

- a lover of night’s quiet, of the moon and stars and silhouettes

- expert at letting go”

Sister Marion Honors, CSJ

“A tree gives glory to God by being a tree.”

''excerpt'' By Thomas Merton, from NEW SEEDS OF CONTEMPLATION, copyright ©1961 by The Abbey of Gethsemani, Inc . Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corp.

"Trees have Souls. Let us stop to wonder a moment over this mystery."

"Sincerity is a cardinal virtue in the Tree world.  Good trees are honest, frank, and unashamed of their past. They accept what befalls them and do the best they can. Trees take the favors Providence thrusts upon them and look as cheerful as possible."

Henry Turner Bailey, The Tree Folk
Faith makes all things possible, and love makes them easy. Faith in God is never out of season. Faith justifies the believer, but love justifies his faith by the works which it produces. Faith believes God to be true; love proves faith to be true.
- Charles H. Spurgeon