upset me, at the start, was a cry: that of millions of
children. A cry sometimes silent, but which tears the
heart, for it comes from suffering touching the deepest
recesses of a being.
suffering is never raw, nameless, detached. It wounds
a heart, disfigures a face. It injures a person.
is the incredible suffering of this Vietnamese seminarian
shut up for several years in a black dungeon, battling
day after day against going insane. It is the suffering
of this young Argentinian, violated from infancy, expelled
from his home, violated again, and surrendered to drugs
and alcohol, unable to control the terrible violence he
lives in. It is also the suffering of this little 14-year-old
Colombian, pregnant and waiting under the eyes of her
pimp for her next client.
one escapes the great law of suffering. Even one whose
life seems happy experiences his share of innermost suffering.
I have observed how the simple presence of someone
can relieve a wounded heart. Since the beginning
of Heart's Home, I have had the strong conviction that
man's greatest thirst is to have a friend, that is, a
works, indeed, are very concerned about an outcome, am
efficacy, a production. A human endeavor like Heart's
Home cannot have this ambition. Its fruitfulness cannot
be measured in numbers.
only measure of success that God gives man is love.
Thus, for us, serving the little one and the poor is to
love them as God loves them, with all their sufferings,
hatred, criticisms; it is to go beyond indifference and
accept being blessed; it is to be a presence truly respectful
of the other person's freedom. In each encounter, one
experiences a mysterious exchange. In the course of listening,
one reveals to the poor one his dignity. And we, in return,
discover the truth of who we are: the poor among the poor.
work of Heart's Home is a sign of God's power in man's
fragility. God finds his joy in the midst of
the children of men. He has the last word on sin. He is
truly the One who washes the feet of the little ones and
purifies their heart. He has a preference for those whom
men themselves reject. He bears the name of each one engraved
on the palm of His hand.