• September 29, 2016

Happy 20th Birthday Argentina!

This year we cel­e­brated twenty years of our Heart’s Home being in Argentina!

“The pres­ence of a Heart’s Home has done so much for this neigh­bor­hood – it has brought us all so much peace.” This quiet grat­i­tude from Fr Oscar Casale, the pastor of our parish here in Villa Jardin for ten years, brings us back to the heart of our mis­sion here. Along with Msgr Rubèn Frassia, bishop of the dio­cese of Avellaneda-Lanús, they joined our cel­e­bra­tion of Mass as we cel­e­brated our twen­tieth anniver­sary here in Buenos Aires.

For twenty years, in this very neigh­bor­hood, in this very house, among these neigh­bors and friends (many of whom are now wel­coming a third gen­er­a­tion), the over 80 vol­un­teers of almost fif­teen dif­ferent nation­al­i­ties have prayed with, lis­tened to, sup­ported, cried with, sung with, played with and quite simply loved with all their hearts the people of Villa Jardin.

The result? Certainly pos­i­tive. But the bishop reminded us during his homily: “in the Gospel and in the Church, we seek not suc­cess but fruit­ful­ness, “bearing a fruit that will last” (Jn 15)”. Along with him, we give thanks, for “God never wea­ries of being gen­erous.”

In the video below (pro­duced by one of our friends), you’ll hear our friends reciting the prayer of St Francis in Spanish:

Lord, make me an instru­ment of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is dark­ness, light; where there is sad­ness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be con­soled as to con­sole; to be under­stood as to under­stand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in par­doning that we are par­doned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

And then: This prayer has been recited every day in this neigh­bor­hood

(You can also choose “English sub­ti­tles” in the set­tings option on the video)

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