To summarize one could say that the Fraternity is:
A charism: Compassion
A charism is a grace of the Holy Spirit and is a response to a specific need in the Church today. For Heart’s Home this grace is Compassion. “I ask you to join Mary along the “via Crucis” and at the foot of her Son’s cross. It doesn’t matter that you can’t join her physically; the important thing is to go and dwell in her heart. The mission of a Missionary is nothing but to stand here and to share the sufferings of the people, to console them, to offer them the most beautiful loving smile. To quote this wonderful sentence of Pope Paul VI, the mission is “to be in the center of the Church, just like a manometer, an instrument that gauges the pressure, the wounds of the Christ’s body, let’s say of the suffering humanity”. Thus “We are convinced that our compassion consoles the humanity that goes through this long passion” (March 27th 1964.)” (At the foot of the cross stood Mary, Father Thierry de Roucy)
To live out our Christian faith, we need friends; we need a place that we can call home in the Church. In acknowledging Heart’s Home as your family, you enter in its history. You will also have a place where you can ask your questions, share your joy s and sorrows, ask for help and find encouragement on the journey towards Christ. “Indeed, there is little progress, nor hope, nor joy without this mutual support, which pushes us to go beyond our fears. Encouragements from people around us multiply our strength. We need others, many others to believe in our smallest projects – such as a new recipe, a delicate letter… - and in our most formidable ones – such as the gift of oneself in marriage or to religious life, the foundation of a new company, or a child’s adoption…”
A School of Christian Life
In order to become more and more aware of our baptismal vocation, we need to go back to school, we need to find mentors that can help us center our lives on Christ.
“Formation is the privileged environment in which the various movements and communities express their charisms. (…) It develops within small Christian communities which serve as an indispensable reference point and support, in great contrast to today’s “atomized” society where loneliness and depersonalized relationships are the norm; and it is integral in the sense that all the dimensions of life are embraced and challenged, producing in the member a complete sense of belonging.” Archbishop Rilko – Ecclesial Movements and New Communities
Our prayer, our way of relating to each other, our way of working, our way of going out with friends, our way of raising our children will take on the color of the charism of compassion.