The Plating Grace movement recognizes hospitality as one of the great gifts that God gives to us. God welcomes us, feeds us and in doing so heals us. Food, hospitality and healing go together perfectly.

One of our special pilgrimage gatherings at the family home for an olive oil production company.

This year we will be honoring chefs, food and beverage, and hospitality industry professionals in Baltimore for the third annual celebration of The Olive Mass. For more information or to register, please click HERE.

Reception at the 2017 Olive Mass in New Orleans.

In my work and ministry, I meet so many hospitality industry professionals. I learn so much from them. It’s especially interesting to get an international understanding of hospitality. That’s why I felt compelled to interview Ben Lyons who was a hospitality manager in a hotel in Budapest, Hungary. He is my special guest for this week’s episode of “Shoot the Shiitake with Father Leo.”

As you can see, we are both very different, but we have one thing in common. We both have a desire to serve, to be a source of hospitality, and therefore be a source of healing in a very divided world.

It can be very discouraging to hear that because of politics, people are getting kicked out of restaurants, militant citizens are antagonizing family dinners and mobs are boycotting various restaurants because they disagree with their opinions or political positions. This message of hospitality needs to be taken more seriously. This show can help!

I hope you enjoy this week’s message and show. I hope we learn how to be more hospitable, and also how to be gracious guests. I also pray that at the end of our life on earth, we will hear the good Lord say to us, “Welcome my good and faithful servant to the heavenly banquet, receive your reward of faithfulness in serving one another.”

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