When asked how I came to Heart’s Home, my answer begins with a giant smile. What an adventure it has been! After several serendipitous encounters, including the birth of a precious friendship with a former Heart’s Home volunteer, my final year as a philosophy student at Gonzaga University commenced with a dazzling grace: the opening of a Student/Worker Heart’s Home community near campus in August 2011.
Through the opportunity to live out the spirit of Heart’s Home in a college environment, I began to better understand the transforming power of hospitality and presence, honing in on my community’s favorite beatitude: "Blessed are they who have learned to laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be entertained."
It is the joy of a life of love that has drawn me toward the desire of continuing my journey within the Heart’s Home family. Though I considered several different paths to pursue after graduation, the call of Heart’s Home tugged at my heart with a gentle and relentless vigor. Eventually, I saw with clarity the reality painted by my experience: that the unique beauty of Heart’s Home most strongly corresponds to the deepening desire within me to become “a human being fully alive.”
In October, I will join the Heart’s Home community in El Salvador for fourteen months. I am filled with gratitude to have discovered a way of life that stretches every facet of my being and takes a holistic dive into both the beauty and brokenness of the human experience. I am thrilled for the opportunity to enter more deeply into the mystery of the Incarnation, the beautiful Divine dance – to continually rediscover our common human poverty and the gift of Christ’s presence in the world. May the adventure of grace continue!