Here is what I experience at Claire Maison, as I welcome people who provide maintenance service into our home.
From July to December 2020, it seems the entire world visited our home: I welcomed them and showed them part of the housework that was their responsibility.
These people coming to our big house were from Pakistan, Romania, Morocco, Algeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Albania, and Peru. So many connections were woven between us and them as well as the home-helpers and nurses.
I don’t remember their first names, but I share a bit of their journey:
Most expressed their difficulties: a feeling of rejection in their country, of judgment, of racism, of lack of freedom.
We experienced an aspect of “Fratelli Tutti” in welcoming and accompanying them. All of them were happy to come to our home, to discover our hospitality and our community life, and as they felt listened to, they ventured to share with great trust, which is important for them.
We carry them all in our personal and communal prayer.