Katie I. – Former Heart’s Home Volunteer
"At the end of the Rosary, I stood just below the shrine to hand out a prayer card to each pilgrim who approached, so I was able to see their faces during this intimate moment. As I watched each of our friends come up to offer a white rose for our Blessed Mother, the moment was so full of her presence! One woman in particular touched my heart in a way that is hard to describe. It was as though enfolded in the petals of her rose laid every one of her longings, secrets, fears, sufferings, desires, hopes, and prayers. She offered her whole self in this one moment. I could see in her eyes that she knew that this was too much to hold; she knew that her sufferings were too deep, her hopes too high, her prayers too little; she knew that she was so loved and so unworthy all at the same time; but she knew in this moment, too, that her Blessed Mother of Compassion, this beloved Lady of Sorrows, only wanted to hold all of her sorrows, take up in her arms all of her fears, crosses, and hopes, just as she held her beloved Son at the foot of the cross. This, truly, is our mission!