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February 11

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True hospitality is marked by an open response to the dignity of each person.  It is not a place, but a state of being. Hospitality refuses to allow us to become snug and secure in our small selves.  It intrudes on our schedules, makes demands on our energy, pries open our closed minds, and stretches our hearts to be bigger. Hospitality brings God in the guise of the immediate and the urgent, the uncomfortable and the unknown.   It is a visit from the God of surprises who comes upon us and breaks us open to a new part of ourselves as well as to the needs of the other.  Hospitality brings the world in, places it at our feet, and dares us to be who and what we say we are.  Hospitality creates community with stretchable, permeable, illimitable boundaries made up of anyone who happens to come into it at any time and always saying “We are here for you.”
Adapted, Joan Chittester, OSB


May I be a person of welcome.


Is your home a place of hospitality? Who do you welcome? Are there some who are not welcomed? How open are you to meet people who are different from you?

 Suggested Reading

Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me.
Matthew 25:35

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
Hebrews 13:2

For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward.
Mark 9:41

Those who show hospitality grow richer, not poorer. Whoever gives, receives in return.
Pope Francis

How should one live? Live welcoming to all.
Mechtild of Magdeburg

I welcome every creature of the world with grace.
Hildegard of Bingen

Let all guests who arrive be received like Christ, for he is going to say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me.
 Rule of St Benedict

True hospitality is welcoming the strangers on their own terms. This kind of hospitality can only be offered by those who’ve found the center of their lives in their own hearts.
Henri Nouwen

Hospitality should have no other nature than love.
Henrietta Mears

A soul of hospitality and a heart of humanity is a house of love, peace, freedom, liberty, and justice.
Auliq Ice

There is no hospitality like understanding.
Vanna Bonta 

Hospitality is not first a duty and responsibility; it is first a response of love and gratitude for God’s love and welcome to us.
Christine Pohl

Hospitality knows no gender or race.
Danny Meyer