Serving Others, Serving Christ

We are told that by serving others we serve Christ. This is especially true when ministering to the poor. “Whatever you do for one of these least brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40).

During this Lenten season, I’ve had the privilege to serve Christ through the poor. On Sunday, we woke up at 6am to volunteer a few hours at Our Lady of the Road, a homeless shelter in South Bend. It was humbling to meet all these folks who slept in the streets most nights. As I was hearing their stories it struck me just how fortunate my life has been; for many of them were suffering from mental disorders for which they could not afford proper medical treatment. Many of them came from abusive homes. Most of them never had a chance. Yet, I’m amazed that God has chosen to identify himself in the poor and destitute. As a postulant for the Congregation of Holy Cross, I’m continually inspired by the work we do here, and I look forward to dedicating my life to Christ’s service.

— Dustin Nelson was admitted to the Holy Cross Postulancy Program last summer. A native of Kokomo, Indiana, he is a graduate of Indiana University and is clarifying his call to religious life while living in community at St. Joseph Discernment House