From April 1 to April 3 an Alumni Weekend was held in our Brooklyn Center. Amy K., former volunteer in Honduras and member of the Fraternity of St. Maximillian Kolbe shares her experience during this three-day meeting :
"I have now attended 3 alumni reunions since returning home from my mission in Honduras over two years ago. Each time, I return home from the weekend feeling a deep sense of renewal. My mission in Honduras was a very profound experience for me, but it was only the beginning of the life I want to continue to live. I am realizing more than ever, I need this annual reunion to refresh me and remind me of our shared calling in Heart’s Home. I need it so I can go back “down the mountain” with the inspiration to spread compassion to all those I meet in my daily life. The weekend is mostly filled with the “typical” Heart’s Home life- Mass, adoration, community meals and visiting and it is very familiar to enter into that rhythm of life once more. Sharing our experiences with other former missionaries is very enlightening. It reminds me that there are many people trying to live in this spirit of compassion and I am not alone. It is beautiful to be able to share about our very distinct cultural experiences, yet find that our missions were so very similar.
We were given a talk on the spirituality of Little Sister Magdeleina, whom Father Thierry has given Heart’s Home as a model for this year. Her simple and childlike faith is truly an inspiration for Heart’s Home. She believes we should contemplate holding Baby Jesus in our arms always. Jesus had a childlike and trusting faith all his life, hidden in the simplicities of Nazareth and even up to the moment as he cried out “Daddy” on the cross. Little Sister Magdeleina wanted to cry the gospel to the farthest and loneliest corners of the world.
Being present at the Mass on Sunday where two new members committed to the Fraternity of St. Maximillian Kolbe was incredibly inspiring. It was a beautiful example of the fruitfulness of our little mission to spread love."