Working for ‘the least of these’

Emily Laursen | March 14, 2011 Print

It is hard to believe it is half way through March and my time interning at the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach is halfway over.  My time spent interning and working on the issue of peace and justice has opened my eyes to problems that people all over the world face each day and how we can peacefully bring awareness and change to these injustices.

Emily Laursen, Advocacy & Outreach Intern

In Matthew 25:45 we are reminded that “whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not for me.” The past few weeks at CCAO has encouraged me to integrate this passage into my day to day life.

My main project of focus while interning thus far this semester has given me the opportunity to use my voice in regards to the federal budget cut. I was able to attend a hearing in early March pertaining to the federal budget cut decision. It was my first time attending a hearing and was quite an eye opening experience.

I left the hearing feeling inspired to do all that I could to stand up for those being victimized through the federal budget cut. As a result, I have written to both the Senate and House members offering my voice in place of the poor and vulnerable and urging that they consider the budget cut from the bottom up. I am eager to see this through and continue to raise awareness and advocate for those who need it the most.

I am grateful for the opportunity that I have been given to join CCAO in working towards a more just world through peace.  I look forward to see what lies ahead for the rest of this semester and in what ways I can help the Columban priests and lay missionaries make a difference!