Posted August 27, 2007 in My Dear Family:
Hospitality of the Heart

by Catherine Doherty.

What the world needs most today is the hospitality of the heart. This hospitality is very profound, for hospitality of the heart means accepting each person as he or she is, allowing him to make himself at home in one’s heart.

To be at home in another person’s heart means touching love, the love of a brother and sister in Christ. Touching the love of another means realizing that God loves us. For it is through the other—our neighbor, our brother, our sister—that we can begin to experience the love of God.

This is especially necessary in our strange technological loneliness that has separated us so thoroughly not only from our neighbors, but from our fathers, mothers, grandparents, in short, from our relations.

Yes, our technological age has begotten a terrible loneliness. We must begin to give the hospitality of the heart. In other words, we must open ourselves to a sharing of friendship that is rooted in the very heart of Christ whom we call a Friend.

We have to shed our "stiff upper lip." We have to be open to the other, share with the other, express our love for the other. This can only be done when we open the doors of our hearts. Let us do that now, before the doors of our hearts are frozen shut by some new technological achievement.

— Adapted from The Gospel Without Compromise.


If you enjoy our articles, we ask you to please consider subscribing to the print edition of Restoration; it's only $10 a year, and will help us stay in print. Thanks, and God bless you!


Restoration Contents

Next article:
An Open Door

Previous article:
The Source of Love



RSS 2.0RSS feed

Madonna House - A Training Centre for the Lay Apostolate