Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

Introducing Lucy- CCAO Peace and Conflict Resolution Intern

September 23, 2013

  Tongxin (Lucy) Lu

Hometown: Wuhan, China

Field of Study: I study theology at the John Paul II Institute on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America.

What are you most looking forward to about this internship?

How to be a missionary of Jesus in Washington, DC

My assignment for this fall is on the issues of peace and reconciliation. I am thrilled because the Lord says that “blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matthew 5:9). It is a privilege for me to participate in the Church’s mission to promote peace in the world because the world we are living now lacks peace. A most recently example is that Pope Francis declared last Saturday (September 7th) a Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria and throughout the world.

Peace and truth go together. Pope John XXIII in his encyclical Pacem in Terris writes that “a civic society is to be considered well-ordered, beneficial and in keeping with human dignity if it is grounded on truth”. Thus, peace can be firmly established only if society dutifully observes the God-given order. In a fallen world, peace is preceded by reconciliation.  “True peace springs from a heart that is reconciled with God and one’s brothers and sisters.”  God wants to reconcile with us through his Son, Jesus Christ. Therefore, peace is fundamentally a gift from God but we can choose to receive or reject it.

As Christians, we are called to be leaven in the world. Although I will be dealing with peace and reconciliation issues in faraway countries, I can never forget that peace begins at home: in my own relationship with God, my family, and my communities. Where should I start to make this world a more peaceful place? I think the answer is: starting with myself.