• April 30, 2013

Naomi B.-Thailand 2013-2015

“There is no better wood for feeding the fire of God’s love than the wood of the cross.” –St. Ignatius Loyola

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.

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