Joan Chittister Book Discussion


Chapter 10: Hospitality

Hospitality: The Unboundaried Heart

1. The author writes, “Hospitality is the act of giving what you have to everyone in sight…it is the act of the recklessly generous heart” (page 132). With this definition in mind, respond to the question she asks on page 124: “Is hospitality an impossible art for this time and culture?” What makes the practice of hospitality difficult for people in our day? What can help us overcome these difficulties?

2. Benedictine hospitality, according to the author, begs the stranger to come into our lives, calls for an open mind, learns to let the other in, especially the poor. Watch the daily news or read the newspaper today and list some ways that each of us can practice this hospitality of the heart.

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