I grew up in Fargo, ND the fourth of six kids. I will graduate in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Philosophy from Saint Louis University. Our Lord beckons me to love and to be loved in Bangkok, Thailand for two years, so beginning in August 2013, I will continue my journey to the center of the Heart of Christ and be drawn into the deep compassion of Our Lady at the foot of her Son’s cross.
After discerning Our Lord’s request to serve him after graduation, I learned of Heart’s Home. Its Catholicity and reliance on the Holy Eucharist attracted me, as did its mission of being with our lonely brothers and sisters by following Our Lady as the perfect model and guide of compassion. Heart’s Home missionaries perform the works of mercy—visiting the sick, visiting the imprisoned, and comforting the sorrowful—by their attentive presence, by giving only what they hardly have to give. I, too, have nothing to give but a presence, friendship, and love.
Our Lord is slowly showing me the link between joy and suffering and the profound mystery of Jesus’s holy cross. I am grateful and humbled that he calls me to be placed in the heart of this mystery, to feed the fire of his love, and to discover the presence of Love at the heart of suffering.
I find the words of Fr. Thierry de Roucy, founder of Heart’s Home, quite profound: “I implore you to come close to the cross of our friends, juxta crucem, so close to it that those hanged on it feel that you are hanged with them, that you totally share their destinies” (Homily: Near the Cross Stood Mary; http://usa.heartshome.org/Near-the-...).
Servant of God Frank Parater, pray for us! St. Therese, pray for us! Our Lady of Compassion, pray for us! Please pray for me, too.