Brother Patrick Hyde is a Dominican Brother studying for the priesthood at St. Dominic’s Priory in St. Louis. Br. Patrick is participating on the Global Fellows immersion trip to Ethiopia.
“Live in my love.”
These words of Jesus have resonated in my heart from the moment we arrived in Ethiopia. I brought these words to contemplate upon in an attempt to remind myself of the need to grow, if nothing else, in love for the poor. Since our arrival, we have not had to go far to meet the poor and attempt to bring them true Christian charity.
Thirty years ago, Mother Teresa founded a home in Dire Dawa. Today, we had the privilege of visiting this house. During our visit, we came upon a mother and child sitting on a bench completely covered by flies. Feelings of disbelief, anger, compassion, and love flowed through me. How could I live in love in the presence of such an unspeakably sad scene?
As much as I would love to change the world economic structures to ensure such a scene never happens again, I am left contemplating Mother Teresa’s words, “God does not ask us to do great things; he asks us to do small things with love.”
As much as I feel that I have grown in love for the poor, the challenge of those words extends to every part of my life. If I truly desire to bring the love that I have known in Ethiopia to someone else, that love must drive me to charity in all things and allow God’s everlasting love to transform my own heart. Even after such a transformation, I know that only the grace of God can open the hearts of others.
It is affirming to know that, as I struggle to grow in love and work to live in love on a micro-scale, CRS is working to bring those in most need the love they deserve.
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