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.