Missionaries of Charity, Lives of Love

Daniel Stover, one of eight seminarians from Mundelein Seminary traveling with CRS Ethiopia as part of the Global Fellows program, shares his thoughts after visiting the Sidist Kilo Missionaries of Charity Home for the Sick and Dying Destitutes in Addis Ababa.

The Missionaries of Charity love. They love Christ, and they see Him in the faces of those that they serve.

Today I met the Missionaries of Charity for the first time, and their love for everyone they encounter was obvious. When we met Sister Carmen, she greeted us with joy on her face because she saw Christ in us.

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The Missionaries of Charity feed more than 40,000 people in their homes across Ethiopia thanks to food donated by the U.S. and CRS private donations. Photo by Mikaele Sansone/CRS

As she showed us through the rooms and wards of the site, she smiled at the tuberculosis patients and unwed mothers, and hugged the orphans with love. Along the way, she discussed how much attention and care the sisters and volunteers give to the individual patients. She showed us the stores of food provided by CRS that help them feed nearly 900 people each day.

My understanding is that to love someone means to want what is best for them and will their good. Based on this, I understand what motivates the Missionaries. They love Christ and all of His sons and daughters no matter their background, state in life, or how they reached that state.

After meeting the sisters and seeing their love of Christ in action, I realize that I have a long way to grow in love, but I am at the same time grateful to witness such a clear example of how to love. Please God help us all to hear the call of the Gospel and respond by seeing Christ in the poor and suffering and to love them as unreservedly as the Missionaries of Charity.

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