The movement from hostility to hospitality is full of difficulties. Our society seems to be increasingly full of fearful, defensive, aggressive people anxiously clinging to their property and inclined to look at their surrounding world with suspicion, always expecting an enemy to suddenly appear, intrude, and do harm.

Henri J. M. Nouwen in Ministry and Spirituality: Creative Ministry, The Wounded Healer, Reaching Out by Henri J. M. Nouwen


To Practice This Thought:
Identify signs of societal hostility in your community.


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