By Amy Koreski, Heart’s Home Spokane, WA
"There has been a definitive theme to my mission with Heart’s Home, and to this year especially. That theme is unity. When I was doing my first mission in Honduras I became concerned with ecumenism. My spiritual director, Padre Jose, a Heart’s Home priest, told me that our response to ecumenism is the same response we have to any brokenness- friendship. We are friends with everyone, freely, without any litmus test of faith. This year I have been blessed with deep friendships of different faith backgrounds. My heart has broken as it participates in the brokenness that still exists in the Church. My heart has been filled by participating in the unity of Christ, who loves us freely and completely.
When our student Heart’s Home began we all assumed most of our mission would be with the students. The Holy Spirit has surprised us with a diversity of friends that we could not have dreamed about. Our friends come from all kinds of backgrounds and classes. We have intellectual student friends and we have our dear friends at L’Arche who have intellectual “disabilities.” We have single people and families, friends we would have chosen and others who were chosen for us, we have Catholics, protestants, and atheists all searching for the same unity that we strive to live in our home. I am always impressed that at Heart’s Home "under one roof are living together black, white or Asian people; you might be engineers or no good at anything –as your teachers kept telling you- you can be republicans or democrats, you can be passionate or phlegmatic…What a beautiful diversity that I hope will always keep growing!...Prayer simplifies our hearts." (Father Thierry de Roucy- ’At the Kindergarten of Love’)
When, all sharing the same meal, I witness a college student coloring with a small child, a very poor woman laughing with my sister of community, a member of the L’Arche community giving bunny ears to a friend who isn’t so sure yet if God is real, and a mom relaxing from a meal she didn’t have to cook, I know that I am witnessing the unity of the body of Christ."