On March 11th and 12th our Brooklyn Center was blessed with the visit of 17 life-filled generous souls and ardent hearts from Steubenville, OH, who spent their Spring Break bringing Christ love to NYC. An account of our time together:
by Sarah Molitor
“Heart’s Home is an extraordinary Catholic mission centered on being compassionate to those around them. By fervently living out the beatitudes with unceasing joy I was taken aback at their passion for those around them. My mission team from Franciscan University of Steubenville, a Passionately Catholic college in Ohio, was sent to New York City for spring break, a week to bring hope to people and spread the good news of Jesus. We had the opportunity to work with Heart’s Home during this week at the John Paul II house. We participated in praying the holy rosary and mass which was so simple and yet reminded me of how necessary it was to grow spiritually in the faith before proclaiming it to the people we would encounter.
Later in the afternoon my mission team split up into groups of two and one heart’s home member and went to visit those in Brooklyn. In my experience I have never really been exposed to many of the elderly besides my relatives and never really struck up conversations with them before or tried to get to know them. We happened upon this woman named Annie who was celebrating her birthday the same day we visited. We connected right away and after asking if I could pray for her, she said she would definitely pray for me and she squeezed my hand so tightly, I honestly have never felt more compassionate or loved in such a different way before. Seeing Natalia - a lay consecrated member of Heart’s Home- in the nursing home was so wonderful, you could tell she loved what she was doing and had so much love in her heart for the people around her, whether they were suffering or not. One of the final people we came upon was a stroke-victim who could no longer speak. He was so alone and when we walked in his whole demeanor shifted. Even though there was not much we could talk about, just being in his presence was a gift to him. After leaving I felt so changed, I definitely cherish the mission of Heart’s Home and the wonderful work they are doing daily to improve the lives of people whether it consists of helping children in third world countries, or visiting those who have no one to care for them or are forgotten. Our mission team was so grateful that we had the chance to work with Heart’s Home and see first-hand the fruits of their labor.”