Why Hospitality?

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Henri Nouwen, the Dutch priest and a great spiritual writer of the 20th century, encapsulates what we seek to accomplish when he writes, "If there is any concept worth restoring to its original depth and evocative potential, it is the concept of hospitality. It is one of the richest biblical terms that can deepen and broaden our insight in our relationships to our fellow human beings.”

We at MCP want to restore the biblical concept of hospitality in this time when it seems more and more people choose to ignore the stranger and to ignore the benefits that come from a right relationship with those around us. The development of a sense of hospitality where pilgrims are welcomed into the homes of those on the pilgrimage routes can only increasingly bring about growth in faith.

Our mission includes preparing hosts to accept pilgrims by providing resources such as a reading from Nouwen's seminal Reaching Out so that the hosts can be ready to open themselves to the beauty of converting the stranger into a brother or sister in Christ.

The pdf file provides a more detailed explanation for why the MCP project stresses hospitality as a complementary focus to pilgrimage.