By Mackenzie Karn
"What God wants is that we let our hearts be burnt by His heart.
What the poor want is that our heart accepts to beat together with their hearts." - Fr Thierry de Roucy -
This month, the Spokane Heart’s Home began a friendship with another home in our neighborhood called L’Arche, or The Ark. The people living in this home are those with and without intellectual disabilities, living, working, playing, and praying together. As a community, we have joined them for meals and movie watching, which more often than not, ends up being an opportunity for conversation and laughter, usually staying much later than originally planned. As our friendship progresses with L’Arche, we as a Heart’s Home community feel that our charism of compassion is growing with each visit.
Our encounters with the people living at L’Arche always begin and end with one very special encounter: a hug. When we enter their home, or they enter ours, there is about 5 minutes spent of every one hugging, sometimes more than once. There is so much love in this simple sign. So much compassion in a simple moment, it sets the tone for the rest of the time spent together.
The blessing of their presence is one that we are excited to progress in. Our daily lives can be so stressful, especially now as finals approach as quickly as the holidays do. But having the love of L’Arche only a block away, where our world seems to be put on hold and we live totally in the present with one another, is a calming reassurance of our mission of compassion. Two small groups of people, coming together in love, sharing our thanks around a dinner table, hugging at a doorway, smiling and laughing until your face hurts, looking into the eyes of someone getting through their pain, these are the moments that our hearts burn. These are the moments that our hearts begin to beat as one.
Prayers and Blessings from Spokane! And Merry Christmas!!