On December 6, Sister Regine F. – Heart’s Home Recruitment Director – flew to New Orleans to meet with Marie Celeste Robichaux, who is getting ready for a 2-year mission in Thailand. Over the weekend, several meetings with the youth were arranged so as to be able to spread the word about Heart’s Home.
We started on Thursday evening with a group of students from Tulane and Loyola College who gathered at the Catholic Center. Two FOCUS missionaries started last August, offering a ministering presence on campus. They were telling me how they were struck by the students’ sadness. Once a week they go around the campus praying the rosary for all the students. They also start speaking with whoever is opened for a conversation, and making a list of names that they bring to their daily adoration. I was very impressed by their desire to serve the youth and carry the youth’s intentions in their own prayer lives.
On Friday we went to the Jesuit High School and met with Jason L., who is a good friend of ours and had arranged a talk with some of the boys. I was asked to speak about the Immaculate Conception, and I was very impressed by the way the kids were listening to me, even thought this was during their lunch break! I could sense a true thirst for a greater intimacy with Jesus and Mary. One of them came to see me at the end and told me: “I had never looked at the Cross as an expression of love! This is new for me and changes everything!”
I also had the opportunity to speak to two other groups of teenagers. This is not an easy age and always stirs compassion in my heart. You could sense all of the awkwardness and struggle on some faces; but I was also very struck by their honest desires and their thirst for truth. Some came to see me, unafraid to say they were discerning a religious life and to ask for advice.
Finally, I spent a good amount of time with Marie-Celeste’s family and friends and she is blessed with such a wonderful network of friends who are ready to be with her in her mission. The sending forth mass on the feast of the Immaculate Conception was very beautiful and the priest insisted on the following passage of the Gospel: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” (Luke 1:30) Whenever God is giving a mission, He is also giving the strength and means to accomplish it to the end, as long as we are not afraid - that means as long as we put all our trust in Him.
If you would like a Member of Heart’s Home to come for testimonials in your parish/ youth group/school classes, etc. do not hesitate to contact us at info heartshomeusa.org.