The gift of hospitality

Enzo Bianchi

The gift of hospitality

may sat 26, 2012 - 6.30 p.m.
piazza del Duomo
 admission euro 3.00

The Other—the true Other—is not the person we choose to invite to our home (often in the hope of being invited in turn) but the person who emerges before us without being chosen, the person who simply comes by chance, for “hospitality is a gift, it is a crossing of paths”. The Other is the person standing in front of us as a presence that asks to be welcome in its irreducible otherness, irrespective of the ethnicity, the faith, the culture she belong to. The Other is a human being and this should be enough for us to welcome her. In other words, why accept the gift of hospitality? Because we are human, and so we can humanize our humanity. Each one of us is a guest of humankind inasmuch as he or she has been born. Consequently, hospitality is a response to that deep-seated vocation of man—achieving one’s humanity by welcoming the humanity of the other.

Enzo Bianchi is the prior of the Bose monastic community. He has received an honorary degree in Church History from the university of Turin, and up until 2010 he has taught Biblical Theology at the Milan’s Vita-Salute San Raffaele University. He regularly contributes to La Stampa, la Repubblica, Avvenire and Jesus. He was the founder of the Qiqajon press. He was part of the delegation sent by Pope John Paul II to Ha Moscow to bring Patriarch Alexis II the icon of the Mother of God of Kazan. In 2008 he took part in the Synod of Bishops on ‘The Word of God’ as expert designated by Pope Benedict XVI. Bianchi is a member of the International Academy of Religious Sciences of Brussels and of the International Council of Christians and Jews of London. He has authored many text combining Christian spirituality and humanization paths: most recently, Ogni cosa alla sua stagione (Einaudi, 2010) and Una lotta per la vita. Conoscere e combattere i peccati capitali (San Paolo, 2011); I comandamenti. Ama il prossimo tuo (with Massimo Cacciari, il Mulino, 2011); Credere oggi (with Laura Boella, il Margine, 2012).