Where is your home? This was always a comical question for my family and I as we moved around quite frequently with my dad serving in the Air Force. Indeed, I lived in 12 different houses before pursuing pre-medical studies at Colgate University, where I will graduate this May. Though very involved in the Colgate community, particularly with campus ministry, I have struggled at times to see Colgate as my home. I felt more at home, perhaps, while studying public health in India for a semester or serving with a beautiful missionary community in Honduras for 2 months. My life has been richly blessed to live in so many places with supportive, loving family and friends, but, in all of these places, I have never truly found a home. As I near graduation and discern where the Lord is calling me next, He has shown me that I have no home on this Earth. And what peace and joy have come with that realization! Christ has shown me that He is my Home. We are always at Home in Christ and in turn have the promise of an eternal Home in Him! How fitting then, that I should get to share this overwhelming joy and love to others with Heart’s Home! As Pope Francis says, “If we have received the love that restores meaning to our lives, how can we fail to share that love with others?”
As we embark on this new mission, our new Earthly home will be in Buenos Aires, Argentina! I pray that I will fully open my heart to the lonely and the poor there, and help them find a true home in my heart, in Christ. Remarkably, Christ stands at the door of all of our hearts and knocks. That I could be an instrument to help but one brother or sister hear the gentle and patient knock of our Savior, and help them find a home in He who leaves nothing unchanged! I hope that you will join me on this beautiful mission.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.” - Revelation 3:20