by Veronica R.
A spiritual reflection on the two-week Orientation Program held in our Brooklyn Center and the ICCC for our brand-new volunteers.
After 2 weeks of orientation in Brooklyn and upstate NY, I felt more prepared for my mission trip in Peru, yet at the same time I was left with several overwhelming thoughts. The following questions were spinning through my head: “If I and my fellow orientees can become so close to the Heart’s Home family in just 2 weeks, how incredible will it be to live in community for 14 months, and how will we be able to say “good-bye” to them at the end? If we can experience so much suffering in our visits to houses, nursing homes and the women’s shelter, how will we handle a year’s worth of similar experiences? If we are so tired after such a short time of this way of life, how will we find the energy to keep going for a whole year?"
In pondering all this, it didn’t take long to realize that while the orientation program had raised all these questions, it had also provided the answer, which is the same for each question: “through the strength of Jesus Christ”. I had committed to a mission with Heart’s Home because Jesus had made it clear during my time with Him in adoration that this was His will for me. Spending an hour with Him each day throughout the 2 weeks, while also attending mass and praying the rosary and the liturgy of the hours, confirmed that call. Christ began to show me that He had not called us, each in our own way, to send us out to struggle on our own. He had called us to follow Him; He had called us to take His hand, a hand which He will never withdraw. It is true that on our own we could never find the strength or the perseverance to keep on with our mission of compassion and love, a mission whose beauty was further revealed to us by the permanent members of Heart’s Home. It is also a reality that it will not be easy to “become like a child”, surrounded by the unfamiliarity of our new countries. Yet because we are going not to do our own work, but Christ’s work, and because He has already given us a perfect example of love through His gift of the Eucharist, all that is left to us is to trust that He knows best and to humbly follow the lead of the Blessed Mother by saying: “Let it Be”.