The American people is endowed with some unknown virtues that fill us with awe and help us live the Heart’s Home charism. I am thinking of their capacity of encouragement and wonder. In fact, if you tell someone about your projects or dreams, if you have unusual ambitions, most Americans respond with a unprompted “Whoa!” If you disclose your intentions – even the most original or surprising ones – you are launched into more ambitious projects than those that were originally yours: “It’s great, it’s amazing, wonderful! What can I do for you?” Encouragement is a kind of education, an element of culture that contributes to the development of society. There is hardly any progress or hope without this mutual support that helps us to overcome our fears, day after day.
The sick people do need this gaze, these gestures, these words - sometimes much more efficient than any medicine - that tell them : “You are going to get better!” Those imprisoned do need these certitudes they have lost: “Your life is meaningful! You need to keep struggling!” Our neighbors do need this presence that empowers them to carry their daily burden... In those times of crisis and fear, we realize more than ever that we are part of this sick, disabled, inexperienced, weak people... Each one of us is looking for such encouragement. They give our lives dynamism and grandeur, and they enable us to overcome our limits every day.
We need others, many others, to believe in what we are undertaking, from the simplest gesture – trying to cook a new recipe, the writing of a letter - to the most sublime action – the gift of one’s life in marriage or religious consecration, the foundation of a new society, the adoption of a child…Such encouragement are somehow the echoes of God’s very encouragement in Jesus: “Go!
Don’t be afraid! I am always by your side!”