• May 16, 2016
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Heart’s Home Benefit Dinner -
A Night to Be Family Together

by Dr. Matthew Sutton

On April 28, 2016, Heart’s Home hosted a beau­tiful ben­efit dinner called The Art of Compassion Presented at the mar­velous Bohemian National Hall, the event fea­tured in a very spe­cial way two artists of com­pas­sion.

The first was the painter Makoto Fujimura who is well known in bringing together Japanese abstract expres­sionism with Christian the­olo­gies of beauty and grace. Having founded the International Arts Movement, illu­mi­nated the gospels, and written mas­terful spir­i­tual med­i­ta­tions on art, cul­ture, and faith, Mr. Fujimura well deserved the award for being a leader in cre­ating a cul­ture of com­pas­sion. “Who am I to receive such an award from so beau­tiful mis­sion­aries who serve the poor with the heart of Christ?” He remarked. “In our con­ver­sa­tion,” he recalled in his com­ments, “I asked for Heart’s Home to travel to the newly dev­as­tated region of Japan and within a week, they making con­crete plans to visit those hurting the most.” He said that it was in Heart’s Home that he found a com­panion in com­mu­ni­cating through art Christian hope and joy in the midst of pain and suf­fering.

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The second artist was Marjorie Eliot, the famous Jazz musi­cian and mother to Jazz cul­ture in New York City. She is best known for her gen­erous hosting of Jazz mat­inées in her home apart­ment in Washington Heights on 555 Edgecomb Avenue, Apt. 3-F. For over two decades, Ms. Eliot has hosted an extraor­di­nary group of ground-breaking Jazz musi­cians in the most inti­mate of places with the charm of a leisurely family Sunday after­noon gath­ering. Her Christian gen­erosity man­i­fests water­falls of hos­pi­tality by making these jazz events feel deeply honest and truly mem­o­rable. As a sign of her beau­tiful soul, instead of an accep­tance speech, she played the most exquisite song on the piano, full of the play­ful­ness of a child and the depth of a joy that has endured trial. Her son was also pre­sent and was deeply moved as all who were able to attend.

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While so many were moved to par­tic­i­pate very gen­er­ously in the silent and live auc­tions, which truly touched the Heart’s Home mis­sion­aries, the smiles and con­ver­sa­tions reminded me of the best mem­o­ries of a family feast. It was all if we were with the shep­herds feasting after having met the Angels and the newly-born incar­nate Savior or with the two dis­ci­ples after their encounter with the res­ur­rected Lord while on their way to Emmaus. In the end, that is the beauty of it all, it’s just like a dinner at Heart’s Home. It was just with a lot more guests, and for the won­derful vol­un­teers, a lot more work. But, as Fr. Paul said to me after­ward, “The deep con­tent­ment at the end of the evening, the joy of having expe­ri­enced some­thing deeply human, it’s the same.”

We who were able to attend are greatly looking for­ward to the next ben­efit dinner so we can par­tic­i­pate in con­tin­uing to sup­port this mis­sion to bring the art of com­pas­sion espe­cially to those who are most lonely. If you were not able to attend, you can still donate by vis­iting this link ... or if you would like to be noti­fied of the next event sign up for this newsletter by vis­iting ...

Makoto Fujimura’s upcoming show at Waterfall Gallery in Manhattan (opening May 5th)

For more details about Marjorie’s Sunday “jazz parlor” in Harlem

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