Dearest monks, artists, and pilgrims,
During this Jubilee year of sabbatical we are revisiting our Monk Manifesto by moving slowly through the Monk in the World retreat materials together every Sunday. Each week will offer new reflections on the theme and every six weeks will introduce a new principle.
Principle Two: I commit to radical acts of hospitality by welcoming the stranger both without and within. I recognize that when I make space inside my heart for the unclaimed parts of myself, I cultivate compassion and the ability to accept those places in others.
Spend some time in quiet reflection on the following questions. You might take out your journal and pen and free-write in response to see what you discover.
What would it mean for you to welcome in neglected parts of yourself?
When you consider hospitality, is there someone who comes to mind with whom you could practice?
Closing Blessing from Christine
Holy Presence of God,
you shimmer across time and space
and through each person and creature.
Create in me a welcoming space
to usher in the grace that newness offers.
May my heart be spacious
and my spirit free.
May your infinite compassion
grow in me like sunlight across a field,
luminous and radiant.
With great and growing love,
Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, REACE
Photo © Christine Valters Paintner