Tuesday, February 15, 2005

WHEN HOSTILITY ECLIPSES HOSPITALITY. “The movement from hostility to hospitality is full of difficulties. Our society seems to be increasingly full of fearful, defensive, aggressive people anxiously clinging to their property and inclined to look at their surrounding world with suspicion, always expecting an enemy to suddenly appear, intrude, and do harm. — Henri Nouwen in Ministry and Spirituality

MOVING TOWARD HOSPITALITY. “The movement from hostility to hospitality is a movement that determines our relationship to other people... Sometimes events in our lives breed feelings of bitterness, jealousy, suspicion and even desires for revenge, which need time to be healed. It is realistic to realize that although we hope to move toward hospitality, life is too complex to expect a one-way direction. But when we make ourselves aware of the hospitality we have enjoyed from others and are grateful for the few moments in which we can create some space ourselves, we may become more sensitive to our inner movements and be more able to affirm an open attitude toward our fellow human beings." – Henri Nouwen in Reaching Out

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