• December 20, 2012

A Heart’s Home Visit to New Orleans

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.

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