Posts Tagged ‘Radical Hospitality’

On Being Alone

March 11, 2011

“Language… has created the word “loneliness” to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word “solitude” to express the glory of being alone.” ~ Paul Tillich

I am sitting outside the yoga studio enjoying a moment of solitude. It feels really good after a busy week.That makes me think I need to make more of an effort to plan time to think and pray and dream and read and write into my days, to accept that I don’t have to wait until I am organized, the laundry is done, or the myriad items on my to-do list are checked off.

On the other side of being alone, I experienced an overwhelming sense of loneliness during the noon Mass on Ash Wednesday. It was very strange, because my parish church is a place where I feel like I belong — the pastor even addressed me by name during the homily! But it got me thinking about people who feel alone, and that I might be surprised at who they are, so I am recommitting myself to radical hospitality, to being warm and welcoming, no matter how I feel or if I think the person in front of me needs my hospitality or not.

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#1 Come to the Party

January 11, 2011

If God

Invited you to a party

And said,


“Everyone

In the ballroom tonight

Will be my special

Guest,”


How would you treat them

When you

Arrived?

 

Indeed, indeed!

 

And Hafiz knows

There is no one in this world

 

Who is not upon

His Jeweled Dance

Floor.

 

(Hafiz)

Goal number one for this year’s list: be radically hospitable.  Treat everyone like a guest.  Make my home a haven, especially for my husband and children.  Embrace my role as home-maker.