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On Hospitality and Contraception

Anything but Grey has a great post from their pastor on we should be hospitable to life:

I am often humbled and deeply impressed with the warm reception I receive when visiting people in their homes, even people who do not know me. People show great hospitality and kindness as they welcome us priests into their houses and into their lives.

In the Letter to the Hebrews we read: “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Hospitality has been a virtue of great importance throughout salvation history. Abraham and Sarah were hospitable to their three guests in today’s first reading. Because of that, the couple was blessed with a son. In the Gospel, we see that Martha was hospitable to Our Lord in material things, while Mary was hospitable on a spiritual level.
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Deirdre Mundy said...

That's a good point. Pregnancy and childbirth really IS about 'welcoming the stranger.'

When you marry, you've chosen your spouse. You know him. You like him.

With kids? You really don't know WHAT you're getting until they're already here! At the moment you take the pregnancy test, you know less about the baby than you do about that homeless grifter who shows up at your backdoor.

All you know is that the baby is alive.

I wonder which came first? Our societies rejection of hospitality (we're not a very hospitable society anymore, IMO) or our rejection of those weird little strangers who grow within us until they're ready to be born?

After all, who's stranger than our kids?

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