• December 4, 2014

That flame in our hearts:
a Texan Wedding!

by Kari Stender, member of the St Maximilian Kolbe Fraternity

“On November 15, I had the beau­tiful expe­ri­ence of attending Tori and Jesse Farrell’s wed­ding in Houston, Texas. Tori and I have walked the majority of our Heart’s Home journey together. It started with our for­ma­tion in 2011, con­tinued while we were both on mis­sion in sep­a­rate coun­tries and has grown since our return. In 2013, Tori and I both decided to commit to the Fraternity of St. Maximilian Kolbe and to con­tinue to live our lives according to this beau­tiful charism where we encoun­tered Christ and to spread a cul­ture of com­pas­sion in our little homes in Texas and Oklahoma.

Tori’s wed­ding did just that. Not only was it a time for friends and family to gather in sup­port of this new chapter in her and Jesse’s life, it was an oppor­tu­nity to spread a cul­ture of com­pas­sion. Firstly, Tori and Jesse incor­po­rated Heart’s Home and Living Water International into their wed­ding day by asking dona­tions for each orga­ni­za­tion in lieu of gifts and by pro­viding their guests with gifts from each orga­ni­za­tion. Also, this radiant bride and her groom made Christ’s com­pas­sion and ten­der­ness very tan­gible by their out­standing atten­tion to detail and love of beauty, by their being fully pre­sent to each guest, to each other and to Christ during the cel­e­bra­tion of the sacra­ment and the recep­tion.

Leaving the wed­ding, I was left with a renewed desire to spread this cul­ture in Oklahoma City. The com­mit­ment to the Frat Max is not about con­tin­uing to live as I did in Peru, but about living the charism of Heart’s Home in a dif­ferent way. Spreading that cul­ture in the work­place, in my parish, among my friends-Catholic and non-Catholic.

Thank you, Tori and Jesse, for renewing this flame in my heart and spreading this beau­tiful mis­sion on your spe­cial day, and after­wards!”

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