By Kaeli Joyce, Volunteer in Spokane
The leaves have started turning in Spokane, and the five women of Heart’s Home St. Ignatius have settled in for the year. Our little home is, of course - as all Heart’s Homes are - a place of sharing, and this season we know the joy of sharing not only with those who join us weekly from the outside, but also with our new sister of community, Katherine. Those of us who were living here last year are sharing our friends with her, our mission with her, and our daily lives with her. She, in turn, is sharing all these same things with us. Katherine and I are taking a class on Catholicism together, so we regularly have the opportunity to share meaningful conversations about faith, the Church, and what we are learning. Katherine draws me into a sense of peace and provokes me to faithfulness. She has a strong and valuable sense of order, and I am learning from that as well.
God’s first physical “house” on earth was the Tabernacle that he had the Israelites build Him in the wilderness – the word for this place in Hebrew means “dwelling place.” I am always compelled by how from the very beginning God has wanted to dwell with us, to live with us in our homes. One way I am experiencing Him here at the edge of Gonzaga University is through relationship with my sisters of community. I am learning more every day how to live and walk with God as I come into deeper relationship with each person in my home.