By Tim Hynes, Fraternity St Maximilien Kolbe Member
“I can’t believe it, but the year 2014 will mark two years since I joined the Fraternity of Maximilian Kolbe within Heart’s Home. So much in my life has changed since then. At the time I was a software engineer with a frenetic schedule, traveling constantly; now I am seminarian studying for the archdiocese of Boston with a markedly less hectic, though no less full calendar. With so much on my plate, I have never been completely sure how to live out my commitment on a day to day basis. Living on one’s own is quite a different experience than living in a Heart’s Home Center and it can be easy, often too much so, to forget what one has lived in Brooklyn, Lima, Tegucigalpa, and in so many other places in the world…
For me, this is precisely what the yearly Frat Max retreat provides: A place to remember, reflect, and renew. Sharing with new members and old (by God’s grace it seems that the Frat grows a little each year), I am reminded of the manifold ways in which the charism of Heart’s Home and the Frat can be lived out in each of our lives, no matter how different they might be. I am reminded that while I may live far away from Brooklyn or Woodbourne, NY, I am nonetheless connected to my brothers and sisters of the fraternity in the unity of the body of Christ, as I seek to serve Him in compassion and friendship with those whom He has placed in my life.
This year in particular it was important for me to renew my relationship to the Frat and my commitment as I adjust and transition into the new life I feel called to lead. Yet, at the same time, I know I am not alone; life is not static and the past year saw big changes not only for me, but for many others in the Frat with engagements, marriages, new children… We are all adapting and growing with each new experience that life brings along. So too our relationship and understanding of the Frat which, when we take the time to reflect and renew, grows dynamically along with us.”