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St. Francis, as well as a cat, helped me understand the souls of animals

Soul Seeing: Like humans, the furred, feathered and finned come from God. And we are realizing our links to animals in terms of communication, intelligence and emotional life.

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At Christmas, it's not the money that counts

Soul Seeing: I don't recall how many wreaths I made that first Christmastide. I do know that many of them found their way to a front door in Paradise. A front door without one of my pop's wreaths was like a church without a stained-glass window.

Geese: creatures but also teachers

Soul Seeing: The more we learn from and about animals, the deeper grows our respect for the sanctity and interrelatedness of all life.

A poem and a poinsettia from Paradise

Soul Seeing: Gift-giving traditions are at the heart of being made in the image and likeness of love; they connect us to something beyond ourselves.