My name’s Zach and I’m a 2nd-year Christ in the City missionary from Anaheim, CA.
I realized that God was calling me to a great adventure of love. I wanted the chance to live in a community, grow as an apostle, and have real contact with the poor in the reality of their lives.
I’ve seen the most growth in the view of myself as a Catholic and both the nobility and weight of such an identity. Viewing myself as a son of God was something I had always assented to intellectually, but never accepted in the deeper places of my heart and I certainly never LIVED out of that identity. I felt weak, unworthy, and afraid of the difficulties of the world, but the love of the poor and my community revealed the innate goodness of whom I am and the Lord spoke the word “You are my beloved son” over and over again. Accepting such a tremendous title has resulted in a similar shift in how I believe I am to live my life – namely by living a life of charity and mission. Christ in the City has shown me the tremendous gift of mission and the real impact it makes in the world. The Christian life is no mere title or job, but an adventure to overcome the evils in the human heart and world, with Christ being our guide, model, and strength. Such a view of my life has made it such that I am excited to live as a Christian – and excited to die to myself in love for Jesus and His people. Christ in the City has revealed to me that in spite of my weakness and sin (perhaps, in a sense, because of these things) I am worthy and capable of love – and living a life of love is the greatest calling and blessing imaginable.