I started to get involved with service at CUA the beginning of my Freshmen year. I tried a few things and found some that I really enjoyed and others that I wasn’t so comfortable with. I found my niche in serving the Little Sisters of the Poor Nursing Home.
Being a service leader for Little Sisters has made me really appreciate the act of conversation and to realize how important the conversation that I have with the residents is to my own faith. They are constantly teaching me things about myself, my faith, and my life.
I serve because of the joy that it brings others. How can you pass up seeing a huge smile on the face of an elderly resident when you ask them to dance at the Fall Ball! I have also learned a great deal about how to talk to the elderly. I have learned what questions they enjoy and what questions might not be the best to ask anymore.
Service has strengthened my relationship with God. I find myself praying more often and realizing how blessed I am to have my family so close and so supportive. It has also helped me to see that God is using me to bless others by a simple act of talking.
Andrew Laux, Catholic University of America, Class of 2012
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