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Show Notes

Archbishop Vigneron discusses the Biblical roots of radical, unusually gracious hospitality, how Catholics can practice it in their own lives, and how it can provide a lens through which to view the Advent and Christmas seasons.

0:25 Archbishop Vigneron, Mary, and Mike catch up on the last month. The Archbishop offers some pastoral guidance about how we can respond, spiritually and practically, to the tragic shooting at Oxford High School.

4:25 Mary introduces the topic of radical hospitality and how it can provide a lens through which to view the Advent and Christmas seasons. Archbishop Vigneron provides an overview of radical hospitality in the context of Synod 16 and Unleash the Gospel. He discusses the Biblical roots of radical hospitality and how Unleash the Gospel calls Catholics to live out this radical hospitality in a countercultural way. The point of this radical hospitality is for us to become an instrument to share the goodness of Christ and a doorway for that goodness to be opened to somebody else. Archbishop Vigneron shares some practical ways in which we can exercise radical hospitality.

15:23 Mike asks Archbishop Vigneron to discuss how radical hospitality is connected to Pope Francis’ statement in Evangelii gaudium that he prefers “a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security” (49).

18:45: The co-hosts discuss how the isolation that comes from society’s reliance on social media can exacerbate feelings of loneliness among individuals. Mary asks Archbishop Vigneron how families and individuals can exercise radical hospitality, especially during this time of pandemic which presents obstacles to many in-person gatherings.

31:25 Mike asks Archbishop Vigneron how he would like to see this radical hospitality lived out in the parishes of the Archdiocese of Detroit.

35:30 Archbishop shares about being the recipient of radical hospitality while he was studying in Rome and how those experiences helped him understand the importance of welcoming the stranger. Mike and Mary share their own stories of experiencing radical hospitality.

39:30 Mary and Mike share questions from the faithful with Archbishop Vigneron, including praying to St. Nicholas, celebrating Christmas-adjacent feast days, and fruits of the Year of St. Joseph. The episode closes with a prayer and blessing.