“If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great.” (Benedict XVI).
I met Heart’s Home when I was 20. This encounter changed my entire life. Without denying all I had lived since then, this encounter revealed the meaning of everything: studies, family, friends… It was such a great experience that I desired to consecrate my whole life to God in the Servants of God’s Presence community. Being a sister enables me to give back to others all I have received, all the superabundance of being.
As a sister, the gratuitous friendship with the poorest and the communion with God as well as with the community has revealed the thirst of my own heart which is the thirst of every human heart. It is the same thirst and it can only be quench by Christ. Elci, Marcos, Cristian, Miguel, and so many others who have become my friends have taught me how to welcome the whole of reality with the heart of a child and to wonder at everything.
This new way of seeing things is neither the fruit of an effort nor of an idealist and activist position in front of the reality. It is the very way Christ looks at me, at everyone, at everything. I am able to care for others, to discover the meaning of everything, and to hope even in the most difficult moments because He is at my side.
Sr. Mariana is Argentinian. She joined the sisters after her mission as a Heart’s Home Missionary in Brazil in 1994. She now lives in the Missionary house in Brooklyn, NY.