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Brother, sister, when you welcome guests, be aware that it is God who is coming to you as a pilgrim. You will welcome every guest as you would welcome Christ. You will treat all guests who come to the community with honor, simplicity, and refinement, and you will try to believe that Christ is present in them.
It is not by chance that the community welcomes guests: hospitality is a ministry you offer to the world in the name of Christ.
(Rule of Bose 38; 40)
Hospitality is a ministry that can be practiced with particular dedication by those who live in celibacy. The many guests who visit Bose (now more than 15,000 each year) come for different reasons – some are Christian and some are not, some work in the church and some have little contact with the church, some live on the edge of society – but everyone is welcomed with the same attitude: “You will welcome every guest as you would welcome Christ.”