By Jennifer G.
Three days before the end of my orientation time, I found myself wondering how on earth I was going to be able to summarize this experience for friends and family back home. There’s so much to say! How can it possibly be condensed?! After much thought and many attempts to summarize it, I found there is one word that is very fitting... Nourishing. The experience was very nourishing, in so many ways.
It was nourishing for the soul, as we had daily prayer, mass, adoration, and rosary. It was nourishing for the mind and spirit in that we had several talks and discussions on seemingly every topic under the sun: Spirituality, Adoration, Prayer, Poverty, Chastity, Obedience, Human Dignity, Inculturation, Community, even using Internet, blogs, and photography as an extension of our mission. Very thought-provoking topics. What’s more is that the presenters of the topics were not preaching at us, they were sharing with us something that they found truly beautiful and worth discussing.
Orientation was also nourishing for the heart. After all, it’s Heart’s Home we’re talking about! The experiences during orientation stretched my heart, but also revealed to me that I have this love bursting from within me that I just want to share! This amazing love that comes from Christ himself! This love that I am being called to share and give of freely. I knew I had love to give, but I had no idea how much love!
I left orientation feeling ready and excited to begin my mission in Ukraine. It was a wonderfully nourishing two weeks!