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We take our cue from Jesus, who said, "The greatest is the one who serves."

In fact, we think of service as a spiritual practice, right up there with worship, prayer, and reading the words of the Bible. When we serve, we're putting our hands and our feet where our mouth is, and we think that's a pretty important for followers of Jesus.

Whether it's serving at a soup kitchen as a group, sharing our resources with sisters and brothers in need, cleaning up trash in our neighborhood, collecting toothbrushes to be given to people in developing countries, going on a week-long mission trip to help with home rehab for those who are less fortunate, or simply living quiet lives of service 24/7, we strive to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world.

And we experience, almost always, what St. Francis of Assisi, the great 12th-century Franciscan monk, wrote so long ago: "It is in giving that we receive." As we give of ourselves, we receive so much more in return.

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