You surely have people to whom you are grateful. But how rarely do we think of people for whom we can be grateful - women and men who were a gift to the whole human race. Aren't we all more dignified because a Michelangelo, a Mozart, a Sojourner Truth, a Mother Theresa once walked among us? We'll tell you about one of those Gift People once a month. You can also enjoy Sr. Mary Lou Kownacki's litany of Gift People.

Vincent Lingiari - Aboriginal Rights Activist
Thomas Vorce Handloser - Photographer & Poet
Dorothee Soelle - Theologian
Ramana Maharshi
- Sage of Arunachala
Cassie Bernall - Witness of Columbine
Pema Chödrön - Tibetan Buddhist Abbess
Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Russian Novelist
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta - Founder of the Missionaries of Charity
M.C. Richards - Artist and Philosopher
Daria Donnelly -
Lay Woman
Jane Addams - Social Reformer and Nobel Laureate
G.F. Duckwitz and the Citizens of Denmark - Collaborators in Compassion
Ella May Damiani - Mother and Mystic
Fr. Bede Griffiths - Priest and Sannyasin
Giordano Bruno
- Cosmologist and Martyr
Christine de Pisan - Poet and Peacemaker
Peace Pilgrim -
Peace Activist
Meister Eckhart
- Mystic Philosopher
Thich Nhat Hanh
- Peace Activist, Poet & Buddhist Monk
Catherine of Siena - Social Mystic
- Hindu Mystical Poet
Fred Rogers
- Kindly Neighbor
Rebecca Nurse and Companions - "Witches" of Salem
Mother Jones - Labor Agitator
Galileo Galilei - Scientist
Sojourner Truth - Abolitionist Preacher
Henry David Thoreau - Naturalist and Social Critic
Madres de Plaza de Mayo - Mothers of the Disappeared
Cesar Chavez
- Farmworker
Martin Buber
- Jewish Philosopher
Emily Dickinson - Poet
St. Nicholas - Bishop of Myra
Lucretia Mott
- Abolitionist and Feminist
Henri Nouwen
- Priest and Spiritual Guide
Anne Hutchinson - Puritan Prophet
Bd. Damien of Molokai - Priest and Leper
John Howard Griffin - Author of Black Like Me
Rose Hawthorne - Founder of the Servants of Relief for Incurable Cancer
Martin Luther King, Jr. - Apostle of Freedom
George Herbert - Anglican Vicar and Poet
Maura Clarke and Her Companions - Martyrs of El Salvador
Little Sister Magdeleine of Jesus - Foundress of the Little Sisters of Jesus
Fritz Eichenberg - Quaker Artist
Anthony Damiani - Spiritual Philosopher
William Blake
- Poet and Visionary
Anthony de Mello
- Priest and Spiritual Guide
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin - Mystic & Scientist
St. Patrick - Apostle to Ireland
A. J. Muste - Peacemaker
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Composer
Marc Gold - Grassroots Philanthropist
Simone Weil
- Philosopher and Mystic
André Trocmé - Pastor of Le Chambon
Fannie Lou Hamer
- Prophet of Freedom
Baal Shem Tov - Founder of Hasidism
Rachel Corrie American Peace Activist
Oscar Arnulfo Romero Archbishop of San Salvador
St. Brigid of Ireland Abbess of Kildare
Fra Angelico Dominican Artists
Julian of Norwich Mystic
Ben Salmon Catholic Pacifist
Elizabeth Fry Quaker Reformer
Vinoba Bhave Apostle of Nonviolence
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Bartholomé de Las Casas Defender of the Indians
Pandita Ramabai
Indian Christian and Reformer
Harriet Tubman Abolitionist
Käthe Kollwitz Artist
Dorothy Day Co-Founder, Catholic Worker
Etty Hillesum
Mystic of the Holocaust
Maura O'Halloran Christian Zen Monk
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz - Poet and Scholar
Leo Tolstoy, Novelist and Moralist
Maria Sibylla Merian, Artist and Entomologist
St. Francis of Assisi Founder, Friars Minor
Chief Seattle Chief of the Suquamish