Radical Vincentian Hospitality

by | Aug 31, 2017 | Formation, Reflections

My friend Kerry Alys Robinson writes in an America Magazine article entitled “Why Catholics are called to radical hospitality in these political times,”

Today, in the midst of acrimonious national disagreement, in the face of heightened anxiety especially for vulnerable members of our communities, in this exigent season of unrelentingly stymied politics, what is especially heartbreaking is the growing chasm within our own church.


In a short editorial, she speaks about the lived tradition in her family that impels Catholics to stand with the marginalized and practice radical hospitality.

We may disagree about which policies—nationally and internationally—can best provide people with access to food, clean water, housing, health care, employment, justice, safety and peace. But if we profess to be Christian, we cannot abdicate our responsibility to ensure that people do have such access. To do nothing is to be complicit.

It’s worth reading it all, and asking

  • Do I practice/teach radical hospitality?
  • As a Catholic and a Vincentian, am I no better than the people around me?
  • How am I influencing/raising my children?



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