• March 25, 2014

Fervently living out the beatitudes with joy

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.”

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