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Hospitality

Hospitality

workContinue to love each other like brothers, and remember always to welcome strangers, for by doing this, some people have entertained angels without knowing it. (Heb 13:1-2)

Watching the sunset from a different part of the globe everyday one might imagine the life of a seafarer has a touch of romance about it, but today nothing could be further from the truth. It is a hard life and seafarers turn to the Stella Maris Seafarers' Centres simply for someone to talk to, laugh in the company of, and cry with.

Caring for the People of the Sea

Seafarers and fishers are of every nationality and language. Though they go to sea for many different reasons many go out of sheer economic desperation, often supporting extended families. They are away from their homes, their families and friends, for months perhaps years on end.

Their whole existence is strenuous often frightening, and a very lonely one. They are family men and women with simple stories to tell. Sometimes the stories are of hope but often they are tales of solitude and despair.

Those who practise charity in the Church's name will never seek to impose the Church's faith upon others. They realise that a pure and generous love is the best witness to the God in whom we believe and by whom we are driven to love. A Christian knows when it is time to speak of God and when it is better to say nothing and to let love alone speak. (Deus Caritas Est Para 31)

I thank the Lord for the work of the Apostleship of the Sea, which for many years has offerred human and spiritual support to those who live this difficult and challenging way of life...May Our Lady, Star of the Sea, look down in love upon seafarers and their families and upon all those who care for their human and spiritual needs.

Pope Benedict XVI
October 2006

 

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