by Dolores C., Argentinian missionary in Lima. Dolores and her community have long been preparing for and organizing this 20th anniversary celebration of one of our Heart’s Home Centers in the Peruvian capital.
“On Saturday June 7 we began our celebrations at 3:00 pm. Surrounded by many of our friends, we became pilgrims along our streets honoring Santa Rosa de Lima, the patron saint of our house. When we arrived to the local parish, our bishop celebrated a thanksgiving Mass, accompanied by our visitor, Father Lorenzo. It was such a joyful liturgy! From the many friends who joined us, more than a few have never been seen attending Mass before. After the Liturgy, we headed back to the street in front of our house, where chairs, tables and a scenario for the party to follow had carefully and beautifully been arrayed. You could feel the love with which everything had been taken care of!
It was a moving celebration because it was true friendship that was being celebrated. We were all filled with so many memories: memories of our friends, memories of all the missionaries who once dwelt here. Our Heart’s Home community has been walking the path of life with all of these Peruvian friends, and they were here today to thank God for this presence.
Edward (27) expressed the general attitude when, feeling proud and filled with excitement he exclaimed “When I was a child, Heart’s Home was my home: we were indeed truly loved here.” He recalled his tough childhood and how the Heart’s Home missionaries had been supportive of him and his siblings when their father passed. Sitting next to him, his sister Sonia nods “We were indeed truly loved here!” Edward’s words hit me! Here is the essence of why we are here. We are here to love. Because we believe it: “love shall never fail.” (1Cor. 13)