This month brings with it two instances of Swedishness.
We (my housemates and I) want our house to be a place of hospitality, because we know it is a good challenge to welcome people into your home. There is a level of relationship that is formed when you invite someone in and share food with them. That is different again when they live with you. Hospitality is a value commonly found in many monastic communities, and one that is also at the heart of 24-7 Prayer. I love the way sharing your home pushes you to think about why you live the way you do, and what is important to you. Marie (from Sweden) came to stay with us at the start of May, and my hope is that we will have all learnt and grown during her stay here, and that she will have been as blessed by it as much as we will be. Continue reading