“We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures; we are the sum of the Father’s love for us and our real capacity to become the image of his Son.” – Pope John Paul II
“If you really believed that Jesus is God, and that He became human and died for love of you, what are you doing if you do not put Him at the center of your life?” This question was posed to me my freshman year of college and it changed the trajectory of my life. Instead of continuing the “Emily” centered life I was living, I started to live a Christ centered life. I fell in love with the Catholic Church and the love poured out to me from the Eucharist. Very quickly, after falling in love with Jesus in the Eucharist, I easily fell in love with Jesus in the poor.
In 2018, I went on a trip to Mexico to serve the poor there. On that trip, I encountered real poverty in a deep and profound way. I saw the gift and privilege it is to get to know the poor and see the face of Christ in them. This is where my love of the poor and the Eucharist collided. It made the humility of Jesus more tangible and seeing the suffering in the poor gave me a glimpse into the suffering Jesus opens Himself up to in the Eucharist. This experience led me to want to serve more and led me to go on more mission trips to forgien countries. However, upon flying home from Peru, I had a realization and deep conviction that I did not have to fly to a foreign country to encounter the poor. I lived 20 minutes from Baltimore City. The poor are basically in my backyard. I started to take the words “I want you to find the poor here, right in your own home first” spoken by Mother Teresa more seriously.
From that point on, the Lord invited me little by little to deepen my love for the poor, specifically for our friends on the streets of Baltimore. I have had the privilege to know and love some of the men and women on the streets for years now. So many special graces have been poured out from my involvement with Source of All Hope as a volunteer. I am beyond grateful that the Lord called to me to give more to Him and to this mission by becoming a full time missionary. This mission is a call to radically love and to radically be loved. What a gift!
Pursuing my calling as a missionary is only possible through the spiritual and financial support of mission partners. Your investment in this mission enables our community to go out and share life with our friends on the street day after day, where we address their biggest source of suffering—isolation—in a way that nobody else can. All the missionaries in our community are nourished and equipped through daily opportunities for spiritual, intellectual, and human formation; moreover, we will spend time in prayer before Christ in the Eucharist, growing closer in intimacy with the Lord and interceding for the needs of this suffering city. Your support makes all the difference, and I want to invite you to invest in both me and my community. If you are interested in partnering with me, please let me know the best way to reach you and I will happily schedule a time to meet! You can email me at email@example.com.