• September 18, 2012

What the Pilgrimage meant to me ...

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Guilhem M. – A friend from Manhattan

"What struck me as the most beau­tiful moment of the day was when Cheryl sang Schubert’s Ave Maria right to the side of Our Lady of Compassion’s chapel. Seated atop a small hill in this beau­tiful scenery of the ICCC and underneath the bluest of skies, all of Heart’s Home friends lis­tened in the greatest silence, before thanking her warmly for sharing her gift. I was touched to be a wit­ness to such a mar­velous per­for­mance that was vis­ibly inspired by the sur­round­ings but also by the gen­eral mood of prayer and friend­ship that con­nected us all through Heart’s Home.

Later on after the pil­grimage, each was invited to deposit a white rose by our Lady’s feet. These were all iden­tical yet as everyone kneeled, walked or was helped towards the chapel each flower was trans­formed to embody a very spe­cial and unique prayer of thanks, grace, mourning or sorrow. This moment struck me as being exactly to the image of Heart’s Home: a com­mu­nity of indi­vid­uals, enriched by its diver­sity of origin, way of life, com­mit­ment and per­sonal his­tory, brought together in friend­ship to grow their faith.

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