A Day Away

Car McGinley Leave a Comment

A Day Away retreat— Hospitality Led by Oblates Lisa Nelson and Judy Nolde Saturday, June 8, 2019 9:30 am-5:00 pm $50 for the day including lunch All women welcome Sorry no overnight accommodations are available on Friday and Saturday nights of this weekend Is there room for hospitality in your life? Do you want to welcome friends and strangers as if they were Christ? Learn how to practice Benedictine hospitality through respectful communication, and open up your life by turning outward. Join us for a Day Away to make space for hospitality and explore this Benedictine value and the many ways …

Guests bring a blessing

Lynne Smith, OSB Hospitality, Living in Community Leave a Comment

  The sisters at Holy Wisdom have received a lot of guests recently. We greet the groups who come to use our space for their meetings and retreats. We get to know personal retreatants over meals in the community dining room. When I first came to the monastery, as an introvert, I found it taxing to have new people with us at every meal. Now I look forward to meeting them. Saint Benedict says that a monastery is never without guests. Indeed, we wouldn’t really be a Benedictine monastery without guests. We are called to provide hospitality and serve others. …

Two icons depicting the hospitality of Abraham and Sarah: Abraham & Sarah carrying food and drink and three guests seated at table

Welcoming the future

Lynne Smith, OSB Building Community, Living in Community, Spirituality Articles 3 Comments

In preparing some thoughts on hospitality to share with our Benedictine Women of Madison Board, I came across an article Sister Joanne Kollasch wrote in 1984 for a meeting of the American Benedictine Academy. She includes a quote from a conference by the late Demetrius Dumm, OSB, a monk and Scripture scholar from St. Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, PA. It sent my thinking about hospitality in a new direction. Here is what Demetrius Dumm said: In Scripture, the entertaining of guests and the entertaining of strangers is the entertaining of mystery; this is to make room for that which is not …