Part 2: Hospitality (Making Space for Another)

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Welcome to our Annual Summer Retreat, posted here as a mini-online retreat for you. As the woman at the well went at noon to be refreshed and gather water for the day, so we must return readily to our own Divine wellspring.  Our time together will provide an opportunity to drink fully from the well that is Benedictine Spirituality.

By Sisters Mary Core and Stefanie MacDonald

Many people recognize at least some of The Excellence of Love, 1 Corinthians 13. It’s a popular wedding reading.

It’s also a great passage to use as we consider a key Benedictine value. Try replacing the word love with the word hospitality, and you’ll see where I’m going with this: Continue Reading

Hospitality: A Sacramental Grace


Our annual summer silent retreat is underway, and we are going to share it with you.

You can make this retreat at home, if you wish, by reading each reflection and taking time to reflect, journal, sit in silence or walk quietly through a beautiful place.

By Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

Monasteries are known for their hospitality … but the word “hospitality” doesn’t adequately describe what it means. Continue Reading

Benedictine Hospitality

Another key Benedictine value – and charism – is hospitality. (A charism is a gift from God to be shared with the world). We seek to offer warmth, tolerance and joy when welcoming others. We seek to welcome others as they are. We believe, as St. Benedict says, that All guests … are to be welcomed as Christ. RB: 53 For more reflections on Benedictine values, read our vocation newsletter, Steps, and visit our Benedictine Oblates blog!