An Invitation to Life

17 January 2014 | Monastic Musings

Abbey Scenery

Hospitality is an invitation to life. It is warm, nourishing, kindly and friendly. The wonderful poet Hafiz speaks of this invitation. 

A Divine Invitation

You have been invited to meet
The Friend

No one can resist a Divine Invitation

That narrows down all our choices 
To just two:

We can come to God
Dressed for Dancing, 
Be carried on a stretcher
To God’s Ward. 


It reminds me of the choices I am free to make moment by moment in my daily life. St Benedict asks that we greet Christ in the guest and in each other. Do I walk out in my daily life, dressed for dancing and open to engaging in the dance of life?  Whenever I am able to do this life is lighter and the love of God is met in self and in others. There are times when I am unable to do this, and then indeed I am carried on a stretcher to God’s Ward. The remarkable thing is that in the charism of hospitality – there is also found the hospice or hospital – where care and healing and safety can be found for healing the suffering wounds of life.  So it is not a matter one or the other but both are always present.  There is no right or wrong, but simply a great loving heart of God that invites us to come. We are welcome, just as we are and will be embraced as our needs require – one day swept up into the delightful dance and another perhaps drawn into the healing embrace of our all loving God. 

~  Everything that lives and that breathes gives praise to the Lord  ~

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