• November 3, 2012

The Servants of God’s Presence Meet at the ICCC

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.

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