Dominican hospitality goes beyond welcoming friends and family, to welcoming strangers. It models Jesus' welcome table. It is a way of preaching. The end of summer here in Mobile is heralded by a special guest, the banana spider. They are huge, and their webs are magnificent - especially when highlighted by pollen. Real banana spiders, hiding in the fruit coming in to our port, are highly poisonous. The ones in our yard, also called banana spiders, but carrying the name "golden orb-weavers" are lovely. We welcome their arrival. When I saw the first one this year, I thought about our country's failure to welcome the "stranger" and wondered how our Dominican preaching about hospitality might help bring Truth to light.
Sr. Ann Henkel, OP