• May 27, 2014

Christine J. - Romania, 2014-2015

"Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body...
Christ has no body now on earth but yours."
St. Teresa of Avila

This quote has been an inspi­ra­tion for me espe­cially in the past few years while I’ve been attending the University of Notre Dame. I trans­ferred to Notre Dame from Central Michigan University, and the tran­si­tion could some­times be dif­fi­cult. I was living in a dorm where I didn’t know anyone, and I was often in sit­u­a­tions where I felt left out and lonely. This quote con­tin­u­ally inspired me, how­ever, to be Christ in my dorm and my classes, to my room­mates, and in my friend­ships. While it was cer­tainly uncom­fort­able at times, opening myself up and being a friend to those around me helped me create lasting rela­tion­ships, and I hope I encour­aged my peers to be a com­forting, healing pres­ence to everyone in their lives as well.

Feeling called by God to spend some time doing ser­vice before heading to law school, last fall, I started researching orga­ni­za­tions that I could vol­un­teer with. I was excited to learn about Heart’s Home, because its unique mis­sion would allow me to con­tinue the mis­sion I have adopted in my own life—to be Christ and His com­pas­sion to everyone I encounter. I grad­u­ated from Notre Dame in May and this fall, I plan on living out this mis­sion in Deva, Romania. I would love to share in this won­derful adven­ture with you! Through your sup­port and prayers, we can be Christ’s pres­ence in this broken world together. For truly, “Christ has no body now on earth but ours.”

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