Part 9: 3 Ways to Practice Hospitality

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Sister Stefanie MacDonald plays with a young monastery guest.

Maintaining a welcoming stance is sometimes a little challenging. We don’t always feel like it!

Nevertheless, we are called to hospitality for good reason.

By greeting all as Christ, we keep our own hearts soft. We invite others to respond with openness and gentleness. And we extend God’s own welcome into the world.

Sister Stefanie MacDonald offers this 3-part method for practicing hospitality with everyone. Continue Reading

Part 7: Entertaining Angels (while caring for ourselves)

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Sister Jackie Walsh says her ministry is serving Benet House guests and making them feel comfortable.

There are times when our hospitality will be stretched beyond what we feel we can offer.

It can be a fine line between others’ needs and our own.

“We have to be vulnerable enough to let someone else mess up our house for a while,” Sister Mary Core says. “To invite them in with mud on their shoes. Continue Reading

Part 6: Welcoming Jesus Christ in Ourselves

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Being in a hospitable relationship with God is the first step toward being able to offer hospitality to ourselves – and vice versa!

Welcoming Jesus – while also accepting Jesus’s welcome of us – leads us to practice honesty, acceptance and kindness to ourselves.

It leads us to love ourselves, as Jesus himself commanded in Matthew 22. Continue Reading