If our communities are to reflect upon their work and life effectively – to test themselves by the Gospel and contemporary social developments – regular personal and communal study and reflection are necessary (Const. 19.7).
One of the principle objectives of community hospitality is to bring people close in order to guide them to Christ. In a truly welcoming environment, the community wants to help people review their lives by the light of the Gospel. By word or example, the confreres invite people to ask themselves about the significance of Christ for all dimensions of their lives. The hungry person looking for food is welcome, the sinner who has lost heart, the sick person who wants healing, the young person who is searching for good direction, the couple that is struggling for the integrity of their marriage. Deep inside, all these people, indeed all human beings, are thirsting finally for Christ. He alone is bread, pardon, healing, life, love. What a service the community performs to gradually reveal Christ to others and sensitively help them decide for him. How does one prepare oneself to give this great spiritual news to others, while not neglecting to meet their physical needs also?
It is thanks to the chicken that the lizard finds water in the puddle and drinks (African proverb)