Essay contest winners ‘Each of Us Is a Masterpiece of God’s Creation!’
The Office of Marriage and Family Life for the Diocese of Duluth, funded by the United Catholic Appeal and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Home Mission, is proud to announce the winners of the second annual middle and high school respect life essay competition.
The contest strives to promote the ability of middle school students and high school students to articulate the need to respect life. The theme of this year’s competition was “Each of Us Is a Masterpiece of God’s Creation!” The contest was open to all fifth- through 12th-graders of the diocese.
Below are the winning essays.
God made us individual from each other because he called each of us to different missions in our lives. It is how we choose to respond to his call that plays a part in defining who we are. Pope Francis tells us that “we must ask the Lord for the grace to see ourselves and others as he sees us.”
The sick and the old need love and care. If more people would take time out of their busy lives to visit, spend time and give the love and care to the elderly that they once gave to us, the world would be a better place. The elderly should not be made to feel lonely or forgotten.
The unborn need hope, faith and someone to fight for their lives. We can be that voice. Even though we are young we shouldn’t be afraid to support this cause by speaking out about this injustice. If we all fought for the unborn the world would be a better place. The unborn should never be forgotten.
The poor need support from those who have more. If every person gave to those in need the world would be a better place. This would be done by volunteering and supporting local shelters and making donations to organizations. The poor should be treated with love and respect.
We are all masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to go to heaven, deserving of respect. We can answer God’s call by helping others, especially those in most need.
St. James Catholic School, Duluth
God created each of us unique, the way he wanted us to be. We each have a set destiny pathed before us. Our lives are a mystery but are precious and should be cherished. Each of us are masterpieces of God’s creation. Through this, we must honor God by taking care of what he gave us. We should live our lives with God as our most important priority. God has individually handcrafted who we are, so we should embrace the good in us! Our lives are masterpieces of God’s work, meaning you are not average or ordinary; you are a one-of-a-kind original!
Showing kindness and respect for all people, forgiving others, loving everyone, helping those in need and promoting peace are among some of the things we can do to live our lives as a masterpiece of God’s creation. Be sure to appreciate every beautiful thing, help to build something good to humanity that will endure even when you’re gone, and be a good influence, because whether you know it or not you are an influence to somebody. But most of all, love God and one another with a compassion of reason and heart.
Remember you are one of God’s valued treasures, hand-picked by him, for him. He created you exactly how he intended you to be. So stand tall and strong, with the confidence to speak your mind and make good decisions. God has a specific and notable purpose for your life. We must search for this purpose though. It isn’t always obvious. And that’s the beauty in life; you never know what’s around the corner. Life is a beautiful thing given to us by God.
I’m sure we all have heard the quote, “To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.” If you can change someone’s life for the better, there has to be some value in yourself. We were all born with special talents and gifts. Sometimes, we don’t even know we have these talents until an event happens in our life, and our true identities are revealed. We are continually given opportunities to use our talents to help others in our daily interactions. Every single one of these moments is valuable beyond our realization. We might never know how even a small gesture can affect one’s life. We may not affect the entire world, but changing one life at a time is a step in the right direction.
You have more in you that you realize, and you can accomplish more than you ever thought possible. Respect the life you were given and the lives around you. God has created you and everyone physically and spiritually unique. If you use your talents to help others, our world may become a better place for all. Each of us is equally important, and we can learn from each others and combine our talents to do incredible things.
Proctor High School,
Proctor St. Rose Church, Proctor
St. James Catholic School, Duluth
St. James Catholic School, Duluth
Jennifer Babolik Immaculate Conception Parish, Pine City High School
Together for Life
The fourth annual Together for Life Banquet will be held Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Greysolon Ballroom, 231 E. Superior St., Duluth. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. with an opportunity to visit Culture of Life exhibitors from different organizations in the Northland and also the “Wine and More Wall” exhibit. At 6 p.m., the dinner and program begin. The theme for the evening is “Life’s a Beach!” with keynote speaker comedian Dan Kulp. Following the presenter there is a special presentation of the Father Crossman Culture of Life Award. Guiding Star Duluth, organizer of the Together for Life Banquet, is an affiliate of Guiding Star Project, which is a nonprofit organization working to build cooperation through its community collaborative of organizations that provide for and support women and families in life-affirming ways. Whether those agencies are involved in pregnancy support, adoption services, post-abortive counseling, natural family planning, midwifery care, childbirth services, lactation consulting, perinatal hospice support or drop-in daycare, their fundraising and accessibility are substantially increased in our community. It is Guiding Star’s mission to uphold the dignity of women and families and energize a Culture of Life. For information, contact Guiding Star Duluth, 11 E. Superior St., Suite 273, Duluth, MN 55802, www.guidingstarduluth.org, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Banquet Co-chair Debra Lieberg can be reached by calling (715) 394-0240.
Novena of Masses for end to abortion
The Hibbing Deanery will be holding its annual Novena of Masses for the end to abortion. The Masses will be held at various churches beginning Jan. 14 and run consecutively until Jan. 22. This year is the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, to legalize abortion. Check your church bulletin with times and locations and join in the prayer to end the taking of innocent life. A coffee social will follow after the Masses. Call Blessed Sacrament Church for additional information at (218) 262-5541.