Ever since I first encountered Heart’s Home I was drawn to the beautiful charism of compassion and simplicity. Every visit left me with a sense of lasting peace and a longing to give of myself in such a beautiful way. I have always felt drawn to serving the poor. From a young age, my family taught me that service was important to being Christian and helped me to have many opportunities to volunteer. For as long as I can remember I desired to be a missionary.
Whenever I chose to attend Franciscan University of Steubenville, I chose to study Psychology because I clearly remember stating that “I just wanted to love people” and that was the way I felt I could do that. My four years at Franciscan gave me countless opportunities to learn and grow as a person; it also gave me countless opportunities to love and serve. From homeless ministry to hospital ministry to my friends at school, I learned more and more what it truly meant to love: not only when love is easy, but also when it is difficult, when we are presented with another person’s cross. Looking back, I can clearly see that the Lord was cultivating the gift of compassion in my heart: teaching me to be truly compassionate, especially through the examples of others.
After much prayer and discernment of what I should be doing after graduation, I have clearly heard, in a small, still voice, that the Lord is leading me to dedicate a year of my life to this mission of Heart’s Home, and I will be seeking Him in the face of those in El Salvador!