Knights of Columbus Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest Winner

2018 K of C Council 2657 Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest Winner

written by Anna Bella S.

Through the grace of God, we have been given countless gifts, gifts that we often take for granted. We reassign these priceless gifts as burdens to our livelihood. We grow so accustomed to good health, happiness, and most important, family, that we forget that not everyone is as fortunate as us. We fail to realize that not everyone has these wonderful gifts. Of all of the many gifts that God has given us, none of them are as important as family. Whether it be with the people who raised you to know and love God, or the people we choose to be our family, nothing exceeds the importance of family. Unfortunately, the greedy, self-righteous thoughts that make us human force us to lose sight of how precious family is until we no longer have one. God knew how sin and temptation would affect our outlook on family, so He gave us another gift. He gave us the strength and wisdom to look past the evils of Earth and see our wonderful family, and my family and I thank God for this gift every day.

Growing up, I went to church every Sunday. I always complained because I saw church as boring and a waste of time. As I grew older, I began to see God's hand at work, and I marveled at how I could have hated the very place that became my sanctuary. Now I attend mass every week with my family with a smile on my face.

Something that my family has always made important is sacrifice. Whether it be giving up a few hours of my life to volunteer at a homeless shelter, or giving up my seat for someone older who needs it, sacrifice and volunteer work has always played a major role in my life. In fact, when I was little, one of my favorite parts of any holiday was helping my mother decorate the church. I loved all of the people and I loved feeling important. More than anything, I loved seeing the faces of the people who saw the result of our countless hours of work. It made me happy knowing that I made them happy. My family has also instilled in me a great sense of power of prayer. Every morning, I pray with my family. We thank God for all of the amazing gifts he has given us, and we ask him to help those who need it. They taught me that if I take the time to pray for the ones who need it, I will live forever in the kingdom of heaven.

Thanks to my family, my love for Christ grows every single day. They taught me what it means to be a true disciple of Christ, and I cannot be more grateful for the tremendous amount of love and devotion my family has taught me. I know that I will keep the amazing lessons I have learned close to my heart as I start my journey to spread the Kingdom of God.