The Lenten season will be a special time for all of us. We are invited to join in prayer and reflection each week with the theme:

“Do This in Memory of Me.”

We will reflect on Scripture passages and other writings and then enter into the mystery of God in silence, knowing that WE do not draw God to us in prayer, but that WE are drawn to God!

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 The labyrinth is an ancient symbol used around the world as a metaphor for life’s journey. It offers the opportunity to walk in meditation to that place within us where the rational merges with the intuitive and the spiritual is reborn. It is a way to discover the sacred in everyday life. May this symbol guide you in your reflection.

 

HOSPITALITY

Scripture Quotes:

The Lord appeared to Abraham by the terebinth of Mamre. Looking up he saw three men standing nearby. He said: “Sir, if I may ask you this favor, please do not go on past your servant. Let some water be brought, that you may be bath your feet, and then rest under the tree. Let me bring you a little food, that you may refresh yourselves; afterward you may go on your way.” They replied, “do as you have said.” Abraham hastened into the tent and told Sarah, “Quick, three measures of fine flour! Knead it and make rolls.” He ran to the herd, picked out a tender, choice steer, and gave it to a servant, who quickly prepared. Then he got some curds and milk and the steer that had been prepared, and set those before them; and he waited on them under the tree while they ate. “Where is your wife, Sarah?” They asked him. “There in the tent,” he replied. One of them said: “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah will then have a son.”      Genesis 18: 1-10a,

 

Other Writings:

Chartres Labyrinth“Hospitality isn’t about your house; it is about your heart”.   Shauna Niequist

 

“Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer space where change can take place. It is not to bring man and woman over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by dividing lines”.  Henri J.M. Nouwen

 

“The heart of hospitality is when people leave your home they should feel better about themselves, not about you”.  Shauna Niequist

 “Hospitality is a profound gospel value that nurtures love and our greatest security against hateful acts”. Pope Francis                                  

Reflection Questions:

How do I practice Hospitality?

What are the signs of hospitable community?

How can we become more hospitable?

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