A Hospitable Tradition

Did not the thousands of monasteries, with their hospitality, change the entire social pattern of their day? They did not wait for a paternal state to step in, nor did they stand by to see destitution precipitate bloody revolt…Not being bound by vows and being weak in ourselves, we try, stumblingly, to do our little bit to express faith in the hospitable tradition.

The Catholic Worker, May 1940, Dorothy Day