From October 21 to October 28, the house leaders and counselors among the Servants of God’s Presence (the Heart’s Home religious sisters) gathered from around the world at the ICCC. Sr. Agnes, from Provence, France, shares with us her experience:
“This week of prayer, work and encounters was marked by many faces, in particular those of Andy Goldsworthy and Father Alexander Schmemann.
The former is an artist who works with whatever raw materials he finds in nature and all around him - a real master of gratuitousness. He does not take his work away with him; it either remains bound to the earth, or it is just ephemeral and fragile. Some of us, led by Sister Diana, were able to enter Goldsworthy’s school by raking fallen leaves or by using them for decoration. The latter, Schmemann, a Russian Orthodox priest with an Anglo-French background, helped us reflect on the meaning of hospitality and of our humanity. We discussed about him together and worked on a presentation of his journal.
The hospitality and the delicious dishes prepared by our two Sisters from Woodbourne delighted our palates and provided us with some fresh ideas.
We made it to Brooklyn just in time to find shelter before Sandy, the Hurricane, did damage to New York City. We are all very grateful that we ourselves and our neighbors have not suffered any damage, or power shortage. Being unable to fly out on the scheduled dates, gave us the opportunity to share the daily life of the community members in Brooklyn and to meet some of their friends as well as the current volunteers in mission. Both at the ICCC and in Brooklyn, we were able to concretely experience the hospitality of a hosting family.