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!”