• May 20, 2015

Rachel G. - Lima, Peru 2015-2016

God has a way of sweeping us off our feet in a way we would not expect . . . this is my story.

My name is Rachel Graham, and I live on a farm 20 min­utes Southeast of Des Moines, IA. I have just come back from a year at the Mater Redemptoris House of Formation in La Crosse, WI where I had the priv­i­lege to live with reli­gious sis­ters and three young women, who are dis­cerning which order the Lord has chosen for them, but my journey to Heart’s Home really begins before I even knew who this great person called, Rachel, is. It began with a small seed, an idea to give my whole self to God and others through joining a reli­gious order. I attended Benedictine College in Atchison, KS where, through many prayers, stress, tears, and visits to reli­gious orders, I fell in love with the Crucified Jesus that is at the center of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George, in Alton, IL.

After the fifth visit to their com­mu­nity, in the hopes of asking Mother Superior for papers of entrance, the Holy Spirit helped me realize, through Mother, that I had the nec­es­sary skills to blossom in the con­vent, but they require a cer­tain level of devel­op­ment before I can enter. I remember asking God, “Well, now what do I do?”. I knew I was gifted with lan­guage and wanted to learn more about other cul­tures, but little did I know that God would actu­ally pick me to do His work like He called St. Paul. It felt like God picked Heart’s Home out of a hat and pre­sented me with the next leg of the journey towards Him. The more I researched and learned about Heart’s Home, the more I kept saying, “THIS IS IT! THIS IS WHAT I’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR!”

Heart’s Home is all about being a friend to those who are suf­fering, alone, or for­gotten. We strive to see Christ in everyone, as we carry out our mis­sion to imi­tate Mary’s example of com­pas­sion at the foot of the cross as we pray in com­mu­nity and reach out to others. God has called me by name to befriend His “least brothers” (Mathew 25:40), the ones that people tend to ignore, and I must answer His call by joining my brothers and sis­ters in Christ as we spread com­pas­sion, love , and hope to all the world through Heart’s Home.

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