.In this week's podcast, we continued our series on the pilgrimage to St. John the Compassionate Mission in Toronto, Ontario, by interviewing two Brothers of Mercy. These young men have dedicated at least a year of their lives to working in the community there.
(For more of a description of the role of a Brother of Mercy, check out the interview with Brothers Jonathan and Luke.)
They take a vow of simplicity in their life, meaning a purposeful separation from the world in order to come closer to the community and the people involved in the mission.
Unavailable to talk with us in the podcast was Brother David. We spent some time (off recording) to talk to and learn from him about what drew him to the mission. David is a 20-something from Colorado, who spent years searching for a young men’s discipleship house and community somewhere.
In his blog, The Poor, My Teachers, David describes the goal of his time in Toronto. He writes:"By poverty, I do not mean “serving the poor” only (though this has become my primary classroom this year at St Johns Mission, Toronto) but I have become a student of how to become 'poor in spirit'. I do this by recognizing my own ‘inner poverty’, brokenness, and limitations and how God can fill that place with his richness. It is a revelation to know the true riches of the Prince of Heaven… and of this, I still have lots to learn."
This recognition of inner humility is something that has resonated with us since we met him. In the ego-driven world that surround us, it's crucial that we understand the limitations and brokenness of our humanity.
"I knew I wanted to live in a tight-nit community who live with each other daily, not just at church services, and I wanted to learn how to serve the poor in love."
Serving the poor can mean helping those in financial need. We cannot forget that we are all spiritually poor, and need the community of the church for our salvation. Although the community we live in will most likely look different than the one that is modeled for us in Toronto, we are surrounded on Sunday (and the rest of the week) to be servants to the poor, in love.