A couple of months ago I was invited to speak on the Made for Love podcast, to discuss hospitality.
The host, Sara Perla, heard about my article online and asked me to be one of the guests.
After several trial and error runs, we finally managed to get a good run and record a conversation. We ended up discussing a lot more than just hospitality and ended up actually having a really great conversation.
Turns out, Sara and I share many experiences, and it was really nice and encouraging to discover another kindred spirit, though one living thousands and thousands of miles away.
Sara runs the Made for Love podcast, one initiative of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and discusses different topics in each episode.
This one came out a few days ago. Initially, I felt hospitality was a difficult one for me to talk about, as I wasn’t sure I had that much to offer as a single person.
That was until I realised it was one aspect of an issue I feel very passionately about, and that is the dismal state of Christian community in our world.
Hospitality used to be part and parcel of Christian communities. Scripture is flush with stories and parables intimating the importance of hospitality. Christ made this most palpable when He said in the parable, what you do to the least of my brothers, you do unto me (Mt 25:40).
Even the cliché of borrowing a cup of sugar from one’s neighbour has its basis in the Christian virtue of charity.
Sadly in our disconnected, technologically-driven world, hospitality seems to have become the forgotten virtue of our time.
Whatever happened to opening our doors to our neighbour at the drop of a hat? Having people to stay without question when in need?
Mobile phone technology, big city-life and our increasingly anti-Christian culture all seem to be combining to destroy these virtues which naturally spring from a Christian ethos and way of life.
In many ways, this is what The Benedict Option is seeking to combat, though perhaps somewhat inadvertently. Developing a village mentality in which community can truly flourish and grow precipitates the flourishing of Christian virtues, like hospitality and charity.
Anyway, enough from me. Have a listen for yourself and see what you think: