Philoxenia

Philoxenia is the virtue of radical hospitality. It’s how we might find ourselves entertaining angels without knowing it. The lives of many Saints show us philoxenia in action. If you’re looking for a particular post, check the index.



A table where strangers are welcome

A table where strangers are welcome

I love words. Words are my toys, and they’re my tools. I think with them, I work with them, I play with them. I use them to interact with people, and I use them to understand the world. And while I’d like to say that I love all words equally, that’s not true. I have...
When names matter more than money

When names matter more than money

Bill is a huge fan of Steven King and Dean Koontz and Sue Grafton. He was reading Grafton’s J is for Justice, and at some point in the story, one of the characters makes vanilla and chocolate brownies. So, he told me, he decided to check and see if Grafton was on...
How to love strangers: Lessons in philoxenia

How to love strangers: Lessons in philoxenia

It’s Tuesday, so I should have another picture book review for you. In fact, I’ve been trying to review a lovely picture book about a queen and a Christmas tree. But the news over the last week has been so bleak and so sad that I haven’t been able to write about...
In This Family, We Don’t Judge

In This Family, We Don’t Judge

If you get my newsletter, you would have read a version of this post about a month ago. I’ve expanded it here, because the issue of judging others is so important to our salvation. The Uncondemning Monk During his life, the Uncondemning Monk was a terrible,...
The Parable of the Great Feast

The Parable of the Great Feast

When the priest began reading the Gospel at the Divine Liturgy yesterday, I felt my heart leap into my throat. It was the parable of the Great Feast. I had been talking about that parable on Saturday with a friend. The Parable of the Great Feast The Lord said this...

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