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Authentic Hospitality

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Slides from meeting of the Benedictine Oblates of St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth, Minnesota in February 2018. Review of previous topic - Becoming Encouragers - followed by slides for new topic, Authentic Hospitality.

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Authentic Hospitality

  1. 1. Authentic Hospitality Sister Edith Bogue Duluth Benedictine Oblates 11 February 2018
  2. 2. Becoming Encouragers Reflections on the January 2018 topic and your experience since.
  3. 3. Encourage – to add heart to a person. Discourage – to suck the heart out of a person. Parakaleo parakaleo 1. To call to one' s side, call for, summon 2. To address, speak to, (call to, call upon), which may be done in the way of exhortation, entreaty, comfort, instruction, etc. Barnabas – Son of Encouragement
  4. 4. For February •Listen/watch for encouragement in Scripture: the Gospel message. •Take note of times when you have the experience of being encouraged. •Look for opportunities to give a little encouragement. Try. What happens? •Take note of times when you see or experience discouragement. •Pray for the gift of encouragement for yourself and others.
  5. 5. Hospitality
  6. 6. Authentic and Artificial Hospitality
  7. 7. AUTHENTIC •Person-to-person •Abraham, Sarai and the 3 visitors •Rahab and the visitors •Elijah and the widow •Mary and Martha •Disciples on the road to Emmaus •The host reveals her/himself •The guest reveals her/his need •The host and the guest truly see each other.
  8. 8. ARTIFICIAL •Person-to-person •Delilah and Samson •Jezebel’s dinner party •King Herod and the Magi •Pharisees who hosted Jesus •The host presents an image •The guest’s needs are presumed. •The host’s needs are important. •The host and guest have a contract or even a deception.
  9. 9. MIXTURES •Authentic hospitality does recognize host’s needs as well as the guest’s. •We are human beings: motives are almost certain to be mixed. •Not all guests are “worthy” of true hospitality. Dishonest, troublesome.
  10. 10. BENEDICTINE Chapter 53 •Not a human, but a supernatural encounter with Christ. •Begins in prayer & scripture. •Recognition of differences of wealth, with attention to poor & pilgrims. •Maintain focus on seeking Christ.
  11. 11. BENEDICTINE Chapter 53 (cont.) •Abbot / Prioress eats and converses with the guests; also a guestmaster. •Care for basic needs: food, shelter. •Monastic life and practices continue. (Abbot Lawrence’s lament!) •Concern for those who care for guests: help when the work is hard.
  12. 12. Hospitality to what purpose?
  13. 13. FOR MONASTIC AND GUEST •Authentic vs artificial differ by the primary purpose for each. •For St. Benedict, purpose is not only the guest but the spiritual well-being of the monk.
  14. 14. BENEDICTINE Chapter 61 •Consider also the guest’s purpose. •Benedict describes visiting monks, and their reasons for arriving. •Seeing the hand of God in the arrival of a particular guest. •Robust pragmatism: hospitality has its limits.
  15. 15. Learning the Practice of Hospitality
  16. 16. BODILY •Provision for food and rest •Quiet and privacy •Companionship • Travel may be for spiritual reasons – seek the Abbot/Prioress’ counsel. • Travel may be for difficulty: consolation. •Simple and unobtrusive
  17. 17. SPIRITUAL •The host quietly “reads” the guest •Abbot Lawrence wonders what scripture passage is read to the guest. Maybe different ones? •Mutual impact of the visit •For the guest / pilgrim •For the monks
  18. 18. MUTUALITY •For the monastic: Christ has come to my home, what a blessing! •For the guest: I see Christian life lived here, what a blessing! •Poor hospitality has mutual effects. •Disappointment / complaining •Gossip and poor reputation •Self-righteousness
  19. 19. FOR MARCH •Observe your hospitality. When is it authentic? When is it artificial? •Who is it easy to receive, and who is difficult? How can I see Christ in all? •What new practice or attitude of hospitality did you try? How did it go? •What experience of receiving hospitality touched you, and why?
  20. 20. DISCUSSION
  21. 21. Authentic Hospitality Sister Edith Bogue Duluth Benedictine Oblates 11 February 2018