“Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid” Matthew 14:27. Before I came to the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach in Washington D.C., I had worried a lot about working in the Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Ministry because I felt that I did not have any confidence to take this task.
However, since I started to work at the CCAO in the JPIC ministry, things have changed. As the Gospel tells us, I have more confidence to believe in God to keep continuing this journey. As a Columban seminarian and an intern at the CCAO, I am learning about JPIC issues all around the world, such as environmental and economic justice issues in many countries where there are Columban missionaries.
When I see the people who work at the CCAO, I feel like I am having encounters with Jesus. These people are the ones who work for justice and peace for the world, and I can say that they are called to be a bridge between the minorities and the majorities.
It is very interesting experience to be an intern at the CCAO, and I am pretty sure that I have learned a lot from this experience. Moreover, I will never forget this experience and the phrase of the day, “Take courage!”
Carlo is a Columban seminarian from Korea studying in Chicago.