A ministry of presence makes up the core of the mission of Heart’s Home, for this reason Mary standing at the foot of the cross is the model and example of the Heart’s Home charism.
“In the vast array of desires that may fill our hearts – desires for material things, power, stability, liberty, sex, survival, anything – the fundamental desire, underneath all the noise, residing in the deepest chambers of our heart, is the desire to be loved and to love; and in the end, to be known and loved completely and thoroughly, not because of what we do but despite it all – to be loved without condition.
This is where the volunteers of Heart’s Home find their mission, in the middle of this drama of the human heart. (Heart’s Home, by the way, is the English translation from the French Points-Coeur, the critical point of the heart). We split our time between the chapel and the streets of Villa Jardin, communicating love and friendship as (hopefully, with your prayers) signs of the ultimate Source of love that knows and loves us thoroughly and unconditionally. Our mission is not to change the people around us, start programs, or give material aid, though those actions may certainly be charitable. Primarily, our mission is to be an abiding presence: to be with the people in their lives and to listen to them. My first six weeks here have been a tumultuous orientation to this life, whether that be speaking and listening to our friends and neighbors in my (thus far) clumsy Spanish, spending part of the day with the kids in the Villa, sitting in on their Catechism classes and playing soccer with them, or visiting the elderly or the AIDS and tuberculosis patients in the nearby children’s hospital.”
Grayson Heenan in mission in Argentina, 2010