Hospitality: Welcoming All As Christ
Hospitality: Welcoming all as Christ is a way of offering a spirit of welcome and service.
Hospitality: Welcoming all as Christ is the opportunity to be Christ to others and to receive Christ from others.
“Warmly welcoming others as Christ—those with whom we live as well as guests and strangers.” Sr. Fran Streff
To impress upon us the privilege of serving each other, St. Benedict devoted an entire detailed chapter of the Holy Rule (Chapter 35) on the hospitality of guest. He stressed how important it is for the sisters to one another and that concept continues in the daily life in our monastery.
Reflection of Love at Sacred Heart Monastery
Assisting one another in the dining room fosters love. It is an opportunity to minister to one another. Serving in the dining room is also an opportunity to connect with all the community and make life pleasant for them. For me this an important responsibility in my life. The daily mundane work of setting up the dining room, making sure there is enough food, carrying the trays for the sisters who need assistance and cleaning up afterwards is a very humbling privilege for me. It is a constant reminder of my dedication to serve God, the church, my religious family and the whole world.
The Rule of Benedict states that care is to be taken of the sick as if they were Christ Himself. Christ is present in the sick, the elderly, and the needy. In caring for their needs in a welcoming, healing, and compassionate way, we serve Christ and respond to the call of the Gospel.
“Sharing communal and personal gifts in compassionate service to others.”
Art, music, and good literature serve to awaken within the human spirit a certain calling to continue the journey to rise above what weighs one down and points us beyond what is.
Creative work, tastefully done, can lift the soul of a person tired of the ordinary. I’ve seen this happen when people walking down the hall slow and then stop to read and reflect or simply delight in what they see. That is hospitality in a sense given to them, and they often leave with a smile.
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