While Brian did not have a sudden and immediate change of heart, the door of his heart slowly started opening to the Heart of Christ. At the end of his first year, Brian and his classmates entered a 10-day silent retreat and Brian announced another surprise. During Mass the priest allow the men to voice their own intentions and the door of Brian’s heart swung open as he said:
“Lord I want to tell You that I’m really sorry, that I realize I have wasted my talents, I’ve wasted the gifts you’ve given me. I’ve been a great sinner and I want to change my life and turn my life over to You.”
Brian began to drastically change his life. He gave all of his money to the poor and sold his gizmos and gadgets and started to dedicate his life to prayer. As one of his former classmates recounts a memory of an interaction with Brian in the chapel,
He came out and as he saw me he walked over to me and he said, “Tim, have you ever thought how wonderful it is that Jesus always remains with us in the Most Blessed Sacrament?”
And I remember looking at him and thinking to myself, “No… I’ve never thought this. But I believed it; and yet his face was on fire with love for God, and he had such a beautiful expression, he looked like an angel.
At the end of his second term, Brian was given the summer assignment of a poor parish in St. Louis, Missouri. It is here where Brain found his true called. Brian lived to serve the poor, he gave everything he had and at times even began to give away items that belonged to parish out of his simple and profound love for the poor. At the advice of the parish priests, Brain left the seminary in order to peruse a religious community – The Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta.
In Calcutta, Brian joined the service of Saint (Mother) Teresa of Calcutta and she sent him to aid in the evacuation of Saigon at the Vietnam War. After completing his work in Vietnam, Saint Teresa sent him to assist the people of Cambodia. Shortly after his assignment, Brian wrote a letter to his classmates saying:
“This time if I am asked to leave, I will stay, because I feel called to mix my blood with the Blood of Christ for the salvation of these people’s souls.”
Brian didn’t leave and that letter was the last that Brain ever sent. While teaching Catechism to the faithful of Cambodia, Brian lived in hiding from the Cambodian government. One early morning on his way to Mass, the communists discovered his secret route and followed him into the church and Brain was arrested. He was brought out of the cathedral and was martyred at the age of 23.
Several years later when then Mother Teresa was visiting the United States, she opened Brain’s cause for canonization. He is a man of our own time with his own struggles. He died for others. He died for Christ. We like to believe that CSM helps lay the foundations of future Saints of Church – all through the simple seeds of T-K-O and faith.