I found Heart’s Home in March of 2007. After meeting the volunteers in New York I was sure I had a calling to go on a mission with them. I I was sent to Honduras that October for a 14 month mission. There, I learned countless lessons about love. I was shown the beauty of simplicity and the thirst for friendship. Children would regularly come to our gate asking for a glass of water from being out in the hot Honduran sun...however, our dear little friends thirst for so much more than water.
One of the priceless treasures of Heart’s Home is that the mission is a way of life. It is a way of life that is not divided. Every moment has value because it is a gift from God. Often, we are so preoccupied with being productive we forget that love is more important than fixing problems or having all the answers. I have been home in the U.S. now for two years. I do not encounter daily the extreme poverty that I encountered in Honduras, but I do encounter the same thirst. Everyone is lonely, everyone is searching for meaning, searching for Truth.
I teach Kindergarten now and it reminds me of Father Thierry telling us that we all need to return to the Kindergarten of love. I see in my little ones a questioning and a simplicity of faith. I still wear my Heart’s Home rosary and my Kindergartner, Sarah, saw it dangling and exclaimed, “I know why there is a heart on your cross- because Jesus loves us.” It’s so simple! It’s so simple yet I forget all the time. I hurry through my day, worrying about numbers and time. Heart’s Home brings me back to the reality in front of me. I must be present to those around me or risk being a “resounding gong or a clashing cymbal” (1Cor 13:1).
I joined the Fraternity of Saint Maximillian Kolbe in May. By joining, I promised to continue to live out the mission of Heart’s Home in my daily life. To me, this means, searching out for those who are suffering in unexpected places- maybe a deep loneliness, maybe confusion, maybe a wound that has never been healed. I don’t need to go anywhere special- I just need to accept who God brings to my life. Heart’s Home is possible because I do not need a degree or a special certification to solve the problems I encounter, I just need to be open to the Spirit to lead me to those who truly need a presence. I just need to let our Mother Mary teach me how to live a quiet life and say yes to God’s plan so that He can work through my presence and hold His children in my heart. We all need compassion. We all need a true friend. This is why the mission of Heart’s Home can be lived every day because every day I can see God’s beloved.
“Heart’s Home is a school of realism. You don’t dream about love. You express it in putting yourself on the cross. You write it with your blood and your tiredness...” (At the Kindergarten of Love).