All proceeds from The Hope Grotto Collection will go to Hope House Ministries.
"The Mission of Hope House Ministries is founded in the spirit of St. Louis de Montfort, who had a commitment to the poor and the courage to do what no one else had the courage to do. Hope House Ministries provides compassionate, comprehensive and competent care for the poor, the marginal and the wounded among us. This commitment is woven in the Gospel vision that all life is sacred and every human person is unique and has the right to be respected and protected. Specifically, we are committed to young people and families in crisis, pregnant women and mothers and babies in crisis and all other wounded people within our society, who are seen as abandoned and neglected. Thus, we seek to be men and women of hope in a world of shattered dreams."
In the Grotto
We gather in the Grotto and heal
From a long, frantic week and the wounds of our life
Both at the same time.
Kindness drifts from person to person,
Connections being made
The air is sweet, the words sweeter
Their smooth flow
Waterfalling like forgiveness.
The music is played with melodic integrity
Serenity dancing in its light
Sunset won’t be long.
Everyone sets an intention to be a richer individual
In character and in faith
We hope, we reflect, we pray.
And we practice honoring God’s grace in each of us.
Danielle Cacioppo is a Long Island artist, activist, and educator who is most inspired by nature and community. Guided by interconnectedness, she knows that when we build each other up, we all rise.
NYS Approved “The Grotto” is a watercolor painting with pencil inspired by her experiences at Our Lady of Hope Grotto at Hope House Ministries. From the first time she visited the sacred space, Danielle wanted to try to capture the serenity and sense of belonging she felt there and share it with others. She feels very grateful to be part of Hope House which is such a loving community to her and all those who are involved.
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