by Amy Koreski, from Spokane, (WA)
Heart’s Home St. Ignatius has been blessed with countless graces since our commitment in New York. The spirit is truly at work between our homes, stretching from coast to coast, and yet creating the same sense of awe and gratitude.
Our own return home was shortly followed by the return home of a Gonzaga graduate. Katie Infantine returned home from her mission in Ecuador and came to visit us. We, quite literally, sat at her feet as she shared with us the love she received in Ecuador. The faces of her beloveds, that she had just left, became a part of our beloveds as well. I was reminded of Martha and Mary and was so thankful to my community sisters who were happy to be Martha, while I wanted nothing more than to sit at her feet and soak up her stories and tears, and somehow share in them.
Another huge blessing that has happened this month is the building of a chapel. Our 5th bedroom became available to us, and with the help of some good friends we got to work “building” a place for Jesus. In Heart’s Home our prayer is poor. We do not have elaborate decorations, nor fancy choirs and words. Through the simple work of our friends and the gifts we each had to humbly offer, I can say truly that our new chapel is a place of quiet simplicity and Beauty. As we invited our friends to come over whenever they want, saying, “we know there are a lot of chapels close by at GU,” a friend responded with, “But this is the only Heart’s Home chapel!” Through beautiful providence, the day after our chapel was built, we received permission to receive the Blessed Sacrament!
Throughout the month we, as a community, have rotated being Martha and Mary quite naturally, realizing the importance of each. A variety of friends have given us love and inspiration. We have had few dinners and few community prayers that have not had friends present. We have been stunned and awed over the thirst and depth of each person we encounter and the way God brings them to us, even without the help of advertisement.