The Word Among Us

Advent 2018 Issue

Ever-Blooming Chances

My Christmas lesson in hospitality.

Ever-Blooming Chances: My Christmas lesson in hospitality.

Hospitality is one of the pillars of Benedictine spirituality. St. Benedict taught that we should receive everyone, without exception, as Christ himself. Yet even though I was close to making my final commitment as an Oblate of St. Benedict, I still needed to learn this lesson. And I learned it the hard way!

My chance came on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in December 2013. After supper, I had just settled down to meditate when the doorbell...

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