Children have an inherent spirituality that should be considered in order to achieve a holistic developmental of a child. Spirituality in all its aspects must be nurtured and affirmed, especially in children and youth, to achieve the maximum quality that life has to offer. Furthermore, this is much more critical for children and youth, who have been marginalized or who have suffered deprivation in every way. Thus the need for such nurture and affirmation in human spirituality is all the more pronounced. Children’s spiritual needs can be considered in terms of what may be universal (or innate) and in terms of what might be expressed through religious persuasion or affiliation to a faith community.

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