In The Rule of St. Benedict, it states, “All guests to the monastery should be welcomed as Christ because he will say, ‘I was a stranger, and you took me in’ (Matt. 25:35). Show them every courtesy, especially servants of God and pilgrims…Special care should be taken of the poor and pilgrims for Christ is truly made welcome in them.” (Chapter 53).
Although I have read The Rule numerous times in my life, it was not until the past year that I saw this chapter exercised on daily basis by many of my coworkers, and in turn, myself. As the Director of Mission and Hospitality for Dining Services at the University of Mary, one of my primary responsibilities is the care and hospitable reception of not only our students, faculty, and staff, but all guests that visit the campus. The Crow’s Nest Campus Restaurant in the Lumen Vitae University Center is the epicenter of hospitality on the UMary Campus and the place where most people eat on daily basis. In my position, it is my duty to serve all who enter and receive them as Christ. They are to be treated with dignity and respect while they enjoy their meal with us.
Lately, I have been reflecting on my position and how it corresponds with my Catholic Faith and love for Sacred Scripture…
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