Part 3: When the Stranger is You

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Sister Margaret welcomes inner-city children to the monastery grounds for some outdoor fun.

Sister Margaret Murphy stood at the edge of a busy thoroughfare, looking at the restaurant on the other side.

She had promised to meet friends there, but the pavement looked icy. Traffic was heavy, too.

“I didn’t know what to do,” she says. “I couldn’t cross the street, but going back wasn’t an option. It was sleeting and the sidewalks were getting icy too.” Continue Reading

Part 2: I will be Me so You can be You

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When Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well, he spoke with her.

This was remarkable in itself, as men simply did not interact publicly with women – let alone enemy Samaritans – at the time.

But there was more: Jesus accepted her, an adulterer reviled by many, for who she was. And he offered himself. Continue Reading

Part 1: Let All Guests Be Received as Christ

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This is Part 1 of a 9-part story on the importance of practicing hospitality in our lives. We need to welcome others … ourselves … God. Join Sisters Catherine, Margaret, Charlotte, Marlene, Mary, Stefanie, Marianne, Helen and Rita as they share their wisdom.

All summer long, guests arrived at the Cleary farm.

Cousins came to ride the ponies. Aunts and uncles to visit with the parents.

Meals were prepared, served and cleaned up after. Beds were changed and floors were swept.

On the first of September Mrs. Cleary said, “This is the first day this summer we have not had guests.” Continue Reading

Radical Hospitality: A 9-Part Love Song

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Today we begin a 9-part story – it’s a love song, really – about practicing hospitality in our lives.

It’s about how – and why – to welcome ourselves … to welcome one other … to welcome God.

It will change our hearts in more profound ways than we can predict.

Join Sisters Catherine, Margaret, Charlotte, Marlene, Mary, Stefanie, Marianne, Helen and Rita as they share their wisdom.

Part 1: Let All Guests Be Received as Christ

Part 2: I Will Be Me so You Can Be You

Part 3: When the Stranger is You

Genuine caring and presence: Benedictine Hospitality

By Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

Saturday I went to a workshop on liturgy given by David Haas. If you ever get a chance to hear him it is worth it. He was excellent!

In addition to other topics, David talked about hospitality. Of course as a Benedictine with hospitality being one of our charisms, my ears perked up.

David was clear: hospitality is about extending ourselves for the sake of another. It’s about asking someone how they are doing … and meaning it. It’s about remembering them. Continue Reading