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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC HOSPITALITY LECTURE July 14, 2017 9 old and set in your ways. You need to ask yourself, do I still have a spirit of adventure? Because evangelization requires it. HOSPITALITY The visitation of Mary to Elizabeth is a moment of divine hospitality. According to Bossert, each person is called to become a conduit for the divine visitation. God wants to show up and not just at Mass. He wants to show up to all of those people who are out there hurting and you need to be the bridge for that to happen. And, it takes sac- rifice. Bossert explained that in the visita- tion God had a divine reason beyond the sharing of joy. He had a very practical reason for the visitation. And, sometimes, we have to be very practical in helping one another. Bossert added that Mary needed to know what to expect in the final tri- mester of her pregnancy. The visita- tion gave Mary a front row seat to the inal trimester of Elizabeth's preg- nancy. And, God knew that Elizabeth needed Mary. WONDER AND AWE Sometimes life is life and you just have to make an effort to focus and leave it behind when we come to him at Mass, explained Bossert. But, if you dont know and havent experienced wonder and awe, go up the aisle, bow and say, Amen, and receive the Lord Jesus Christ within you. She added, If you dont have won- der and awe and at least sometimes feel like you just dissolve into tears you need to pray for this gift. Bossert went back to the visitation, stating that Mary and Elizabeth expe- rienced this wonder and awe together. The two of them sat together, bear- ing the sons who are the whole reason it all happened so that John could announce the Messiah, the Lamb of God has come. Or, it would have been meaningless. THANKSGIVING Bossert explained that the final gift of evan- gelization is thanks- giving. Think about what youre thankful for today. We only have what we have because of Marys yes. Give thanks. Bossert is writer of the syndicated column Catholic by Grace, which is published in 63 diocesan newspapers in- cluding The U.P. Catho- lic. She is also the author of the book, "Gifts of the Visitation: Nine Spiri- tiual Encounters with Mary and Elizabeth." Videos of her talks from Hospitality Lecture will be available on The U.P. Catholic YouTube chan- nel at www.youtube. com/theupcatholic. VISITATION: Annual Hospitality Lecture highlights gifts of evangelization JOHN FEE THE U.P. CATHOLIC Denise Bossert speaks during the annual Hospitality Lecture.

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