“To draw close to the Immaculate, to make ourselves like Her, to allow Her to take possession of our heart and of all our being, that She might live and work in us and through us, that She Herself love God with our heart, that we belong to Her without any reserve: behold our ideal.” St Maximilian Kolbe (cf. SK #1210)
What is the Fraternity St Maximilian Kolbe?
It was founded in 1997 after several former Heart’s Home volunteers expressed their desire to continue living from the charism of compassion in their daily life. Progressively the Fraternity was joined by people who never volunteered with Heart’s Home, Single people as well as families who had a friendship with Heart’s Home and were drawn by the charism. There is a Fraternity in France, Switzerland, Belgium, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, El Salvador, USA.
All Fraternity members desire to be with Mary standing at the foot of the cross whether this cross is planted at the heart of a homeless, a sick person, a colleague at work or a family member. They are eager to live a Christian life with Heart’s Home gaze on people and events and to live a friendship with all Heart’s Home members.
Amy who joined the Fraternity in May 2010 after a mission in Honduras shares us what it means for her: “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.”