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What is the purpose of LoC?
To engage the world with compassion, one hopeful encounter at a time.
To share tiny sparks of light amidst the rubble!
Less analysis; more encounters.
The growing depersonalization of our society leaves us in need of authentic connection.
Less despair; more hope.
Our world suffers from discouragement: violence, crime, injustice, war, natural disaster, world hunger. This culture of despair, is to a large extent, cultivated by mainstream media, which tends to emphasize what is going wrong.
For instance, when the mentally challenged son of jazz musician Marjorie Eliot disappeared in the spring of 2011, the news was broadcast internationally. What was not publicized is the fact that 33 days later, Marjorie's son was found in a New York hospital. If his disappearing is considered news-worthy, should not his recovery be regarded with equal significance?
Is LoC a Catholic blog?
LoC is an initiative of Heart's Home USA, which is a Catholic association. At its root, "Catholic" means "ecumenical." In this way, LoC is not intended to be a Catholic blog for Catholics only. Because the need for compassion is universal, Heart's Home and LoC seek to engage the vastly diverse world in a natural, simple, and human way, encountering one person, one story at a time.
What is Heart's Home?
Heart's Home is an international Catholic non-profit organization, founded in 1990 by Fr. Thierry de Roucy. As a presence of compassion in the world, we are active on 5 continents, with 41 centers in 21 countries. As Mother Teresa has recognized, “The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.” Heart’s Home operates on a worldwide, yet personal level to reaffirm the intrinsic value of every individual through visits to the slums, prisons, homeless shelters, and nursing homes, as well as through a range of charitable and cultural initiatives in the fields of art, business, science, and education.
What is the International Center for a Culture of Compassion?
The International Center for a Culture of Compassion (ICCC), in Woodbourne, NY, is Heart’s Home’s central venue for conferences, art seminars, concerts, exhibitions, and spiritual retreats. Set in the beautiful Catskill Mountains, the ICCC provides a delightful environment to explore and share the charism of compassion, to favor the inspiration of those who thirst for an answer amidst suffering, and to build a fruitful network among people from diverse backgrounds and various fields of culture.
How can I contribute?
All are welcome to contribute!
We welcome article submissions – encounters, reflections, inspirations – particular to one's field of interest, that seek to offer a glimmer of beauty, hope, and compassion.
Note: One does not have to be Catholic to contribute to LoC.
Contributions, comments, questions, & involvement are welcome!
Thank you. We look forward to hearing from you.