8th Annual Life Lessons Essay Contest

Browsing Archive: September, 2015

Time of Singing Winter Poetry Contest

Posted by Sally Clark on Wednesday, September 30, 2015,

Time of Singing Winter Poetry Contest

http://www.timeofsinging.com/contests.html

 

Time Of Singing is a literary Christian poetry magazine with “Christian” defined in the widest sense of the word. The quarterly journal prints verse that talk about God and our relationship with Him and each other--as well as general inspirational or nature poems.

 

Winter Contest 2015/2016

Contest Theme: Prayer and Meditation

Line Limit: 32 lines

Contest Deadline: November 1, 2015 (postmark)

Winners will be publis...


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The Sun Magazine: The Backyard

Posted by Sally Clark on Tuesday, September 29, 2015,

The Sun Magazine

http://thesunmagazine.org/about/submission_guidelines/readers_write

 

Readers Write column asks readers to address subjects on which they're the only authorities. Topics are intentionally broad in order to give room for expression. Writing style isn't as important as thoughtfulness and sincerity.

 

We publish only nonfiction in Readers Write. Feel free to submit your work under "Name Withheld" if it allows you to be more honest, but be sure to include your mailing address so ...


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Presbyterians Today Magazine: Youth

Posted by Sally Clark on Tuesday, September 29, 2015,

Presbyterians Today Magazine: Youth  

http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/today/writers-guidelines

 

Presbyterians Today magazine (est. 1867), published 10 times annually by the General Assembly Mission Council, needs non-fiction articles for the March/April 2016 issue. The theme is called, “Youth.”

 

More a resource or practical guide than a typical magazine, this issue will peer into the changing world of youth ministry, that essential period of faith formation that could make or...


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The Light of the Stars Annual Poetry Contest

Posted by Sally Clark on Sunday, September 27, 2015,

The Light of the Stars Annual Poetry Contest

https://sites.google.com/site/conceitmagazine/contests/light-of-the-stars-annual-poetry-contest

 

Deadline: October 31, 2015

Judging by Milo Rosebud

Winners announced: December

Reading Fee: $2.00 per poem entered – unlimited entries

 

Unpublished, simultaneous and previously published entries accepted.

Entries are to be 32 lines or less, single spaced, camera ready - the way you want to see it in print. Include SASE or postcard for acknowledgement. One-t...


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Harlequin Heartwarming

Posted by Sally Clark on Saturday, September 26, 2015,

Harlequin Heartwarming

https://harlequin.submittable.com/submit/28677

 

Wholesome contemporary romances that celebrate traditional values, strong communities, family connections and true love. Clean, emotional, satisfying romances that readers can feel comfortable sharing with their mothers, daughters or granddaughters. Romance, family and community are strong features of these stories. No explicit religious or Christian content. Word count of 70,000 to 75,000 allows for breadth and complexity...


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Chicken Soup: The Joy of Less

Posted by Sally Clark on Friday, September 25, 2015,

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Less   

http://chickensoup.com 

  
A recent study found that 75% of U.S. families have so much stuff in their garages that they can’t park their cars in them! U.S. children make up 3.1% of the global kid population but Americans buy 40% of the world’s toys. And are we really happy with all the commitments we have made for our time? We have to learn to say no! There’s a move afoot to simplify our lives, both in terms of material possessions and in com...


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Thriving Family Magazine

Posted by Sally Clark on Thursday, September 24, 2015,

Thriving Family Magazine 

http://www.thrivingfamily.com/extra/call-for-submissions 

 

Thriving Family magazine is currently looking for a variety of articles, all with different submission dates. Check their web site for details.

 

Topic: Faith Conversations for Couples (couples devotions and conversation starters)
Deadline:
Sept. 30, 2015

 

Topic: How have you successfully set a boundary for your toddler, such as no biting or no climbing on the bookshelf, or no putting your cereal bowl on your he...


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SHINE brightly: Honesty

Posted by Sally Clark on Wednesday, September 23, 2015,

SHINE brightly: Honesty

http://gemsgc.org/shine-brightly-writers-guideline/

SHINE brightly is a monthly Christian magazine for young girls (9-14). The next theme is “honesty.” This issue will help girls understand the repercussions of lying and how honesty is the right choice, even when it’s hard!

Word length: 700-900 for fiction; 200-800 words for nonfiction. Buys First Serial Rights.

 

Payment: Prose pays up to $35/story, and poetry pays up to $15/poem. The magazine has little need for p...


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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Alzheimer's and Dementias Family Caregiving

Posted by Sally Clark on Tuesday, September 22, 2015,

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Alzheimer’s and Dementias Family Caregiving

http://chickensoup.com  


We are making another book for families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Our first book came out in April 2014 and it was so well received that we decided to make another for 2016. Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia on an ongoing basis can be extremely difficult and stressful, but rewarding as well. If you are caring for a loved o...


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Bird Watcher's Digest

Posted by Sally Clark on Monday, September 21, 2015,

Bird Watcher's Digest

http://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/bwdsite/about/about-our-company/submissions/writers.php

 

Bird Watcher's Digest (BWD) is a bimonthly magazine aimed at bird watchers and birders at all levels. BWD is always looking for well-written accounts covering backyard birds, including feeding, housing, bird gardening, how-to projects, and interesting bird behavior and experiences.

 

Article length: 600-2,500 words

Payment: up to $300/article

 

from: http://freelancewriting.com newslet...


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Llano County Library Author Extravaganza and Book Fair

Posted by Sally Clark on Monday, September 21, 2015,

LlanoCounty Library Author Extravaganza and Book Fair


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A Galaxy of Verse Poetry Contest

Posted by Sally Clark on Sunday, September 20, 2015,

A Galaxy of Verse Poetry Contest


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http://www.barbara-blanks.com/Pages/GalaxyContests.aspx

 

Deadline: October 18, 2014

 

20 contests to enter including: women, overcoming fear, a “minute” poem, walls, memories of childhood chores, villanelle based on a fairy tale, rhyming, a sense of place, stepping off, on being a twin, nature’s gifts, humor, adoption, ribs, “oriental octet,” a “cento” poem, a pet donkey or goat, Texas authors and more.

 

Entry fee is $5 per poem. Prizes range from ...

 

ACWF 2015 First Impressions Contest

Posted by Sally Clark on Saturday, September 19, 2015,

American Christian Fiction Writers 2015 First Impressions Contest

http://www.acfw.com/first_impressions

 

FIRST IMPRESSIONS gives unpublished writers the opportunity to have the first five pages of their Christian fiction manuscript evaluated by an industry professional.

 

Any author whose work has not been previously published in novella or book-length fiction (in ANY print or online form) is eligible to enter First Impressions. Authors who are published in non-fiction, children's, and short s...


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Caregivers Personal Essays

Posted by Sally Clark on Thursday, September 17, 2015,

Caregivers Personal Essays

https://gelles-coleliteraryenterprises.submittable.com/submit

 

Gelles-Cole Literary Enterprises, publisher of the award-winning anthology CHILD OF MY CHILD: POEMS AND STORIES FOR GRANDPARENTS, is now accepting submissions of personal essays recounting a wide spectrum of experiences of people who are caring for, or have cared for, people with Alzheimer’s Disease. We are looking for caregivers’ stories, told with compassion but unafraid to confront the full range o...


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Writer's Digest Annual Poetry Competition

Posted by Sally Clark on Thursday, September 17, 2015,

Writer’s Digest Annual Poetry Competition

http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/poetry-contests

 

Deadline: October 1, 2015

 

Calling all poets! We’re on the look out for poems of all styles–rhyming, free verse, haiku, and more–for the 9th Annual Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards! This is the only Writer’s Digest competition exclusively for poets. Enter any poem 32 lines or less for your chance to win $1,000 in cash.

 

Early-Bird Deadline: October 1, 2015

•First entry—$15

•Each addit...


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Mississippi Poetry Society Annual Contest

Posted by Sally Clark on Wednesday, September 16, 2015,

Writers Unlimited/Mississippi Poetry Society Annual Contest

http://www.misspoetry.net/WU_2015_Contest.pdf

 

15 categories to enter including: Short Story, Essay, Poetry (free verse, sonnet, villanelle, limerick)

 

Entry fee: Nonmembers - $6 per category or one entry per category for $25

 

Deadline: October 1, 2015


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Arizona State Poetry Society Annual Contest

Posted by Sally Clark on Tuesday, September 15, 2015,

ArizonaState Poetry Society Annual Contest

http://azpoetry.webs.com/2015annualcontestinfo.htm

 

The annual contest is underway!

DEADLINE TO RECEIVE POEMS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 30, 2015!!!

 

12 contest categories with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

 

Prizes from $100 to $25 for first place winning poems.  Entry fee: $2 - $5, depending on the category.


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Real Simple Life 8th Annual Life Lessons Essay Contest

Posted by Sally Clark on Sunday, September 13, 2015,

Real Simple Life Eighth Annual Life Lessons Essay Contest 

http://www.realsimple.com/magazine-more/inside-website/contests-sweepstakes/life-lessons-essay-contest-rules

 

What Single Decision Changed Your Life?

 

Would your world now be completely different—even unthinkable—if, at some point in the past, you hadn’t made a seemingly random choice? Tell us about it. Maybe you stayed a few extra minutes at a party—and met your soul mate. Maybe you decided to have lunch with a friend or quit...


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Crossroad Publishing

Posted by Sally Clark on Saturday, September 12, 2015,

Crossroad Publishing

http://www.crossroadpublishing.com/crossroad/static/for-authors

 

Our books are consistent with basic Judeo-Christian values, advocate the dignity of life, and aim to share the rich experience of the Catholic people, their brothers, sisters, and friends around the globe and in history. Our catalog includes the most stellar writings on spiritual tradition, discipline and formation; writings in support of family life, community building and personal and professional developm...


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Texas Review Press 2015 Clay Reynolds Novella Prize

Posted by Sally Clark on Friday, September 11, 2015,

Texas Review Press 2015 Clay Reynolds Novella Prize

http://www.texasreviewpress.org/press/competitions.html

 

Clay Reynolds Novella Prize for best novella

(online submission deadline 10/15); manuscripts up to 150 pp.

 

General Guidelines -

 

We accept ONLY Electronic Submissions.

Manuscripts handled as blind submissions at all levels of judging.

A reading fee of $20 must accompany each submission.

Winning manuscripts will be published the year after acceptance.

Winners will receive 50 free copies of th...


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Essaymama's Essay Writing Contest

Posted by Sally Clark on Thursday, September 10, 2015,

Essaymama’s Essay Writing Contest

http://www.essaymama.com/contests

 

We are happy to announce that it's time for a new essay writing contest from EssayMama writing service! EssayMama Writing Contest is a great opportunity for both young and experienced writers to express themselves. So don’t hesitate - enter the contest and win great prizes!

 

Entry Fee - $ 0!

Prizes - 1st place - $500 2nd place - $350 3rd place - $200

Deadline - October 1, 2015

Submission Guidelines - 800 - 1300 words

 

Topi...


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2015 Stevens Poetry Manuscript Contest

Posted by Sally Clark on Wednesday, September 9, 2015,

2015 Stevens Poetry Manuscript Contest

http://nfsps.com/stevens1.htm

 

Submit 48-70 pages of poetry.

Award: $1,000 + publication by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies Press, and 50 author copies.

Entry fee: $25 ($20 for NFSPS members).

Deadline:October 1, 2015 (submission period September 1 – October 1).

Submission via Submittable or U.S. Mail.

 

from: http://www.writers-editors.com/Writers/Contests/contests.htm



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All We Can Hold: A Collection of Poetry on Motherhood

Posted by Sally Clark on Tuesday, September 8, 2015,

All We Can Hold: A Collection of Poetry on Motherhood

http://www.allwecanhold.com

 

The genesis of a “motherhood” poetry collection came when we had trouble finding one. Motherhood essays are on the shelves, parenting guides, and honeyed collections of mothering exist.  We needed, and we believe others need, a range of voices about what it means to be mother: witching-hour poems of sleeplessness, first smiles, miscarriage. The poems of broken windows and broken hearts, of first school and c...


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San Antonio Writers Guild Annual Contest

Posted by Sally Clark on Monday, September 7, 2015,

San Antonio Writers Guild Annual Contest  

https://sawritersguild.submittable.com/submit

 

The San Antonio Writers’ Guild Annual Contest features categories in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. The contest is open to all writers, both SAWG members and non-members.

 

The deadline for entry is October 1, 2015.

 

Cash prizes are given in each category. Authors retain all rights to their works.

 

Contest Categories:

     Novel: First chapter or up to the first 5,000 words

     Short Story: limit of 4,00...


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The Sun: Bosses

Posted by Sally Clark on Sunday, September 6, 2015,

The Sun Magazine

http://thesunmagazine.org/about/submission_guidelines/readers_write

 

Readers Write column asks readers to address subjects on which they're the only authorities. Topics are intentionally broad in order to give room for expression. Writing style isn't as important as thoughtfulness and sincerity.

 

We publish only nonfiction in Readers Write. Feel free to submit your work under "Name Withheld" if it allows you to be more honest, but be sure to include your mailing address so ...


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Pockets: Patience

Posted by Sally Clark on Saturday, September 5, 2015,

Pockets: Connecting Kids and God the Other Six Days  

http://pockets.upperroom.org/write-for-us/writers-guidelines   

 

Designed for 6- to 12-year-olds, Pockets magazine offers wholesome devotional readings that teach about God’s love and presence in life. The content includes fiction, scripture stories, puzzles and games, poems, recipes, colorful pictures, activities, and scripture readings. Freelance submissions of stories, poems, recipes, puzzles and games, and activities are welcome. The...


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Texas Weather Anthology

Posted by Sally Clark on Friday, September 4, 2015,

Texas Weather Anthology  

http://texasweatheranthology.tumblr.com

 

THEME - Most Texans watch weather closely, talk about it daily. They fear tornados and hail storms, curse intense summer heat, floods, and droughts, fret over ice and snow on city streets and highways, and revel in those mild, sunny days of early fall and spring that provide reasons for staying put. Weather strongly affects Texas citizens, Texas culture, and Texas history. Thus, a literary anthology highlighting its importance...


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Third Order Magazine

Posted by Sally Clark on Thursday, September 3, 2015,

Third Order Magazine

http://www.thirdorder.org/guidelines

 

Religion is personal and societal; it changes single souls and entire worlds. The ways of God are not always easy or explainable. The way faith tells us to go is not always the way we expected. At Third Order Magazine, we’re interested in exploring those dynamics. We’re less DaVinci Code and more Flannery O’Connor — with, of course, the occasional extraterrestrial.

 

We plan to publish, on a regular and ongoing basis, science fi...


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National Writers Association Poetry Contest

Posted by Sally Clark on Wednesday, September 2, 2015,

National Writers Association Poetry Contest  

http://www.nationalwriters.shoppingcartsplus.com/f/Poetry_form.pdf  

 

The purpose of the National Writers Assn. Poetry Contest is to encourage the writing of poetry, a important form of individual expression which has a limited commercial market.

 

All entries must be postmarked by October 1. Only unpublished poems are eligible. All poetry forms and styles are eligible as long as they do not exceed 40 lines. Authors retain all rights and may submit ...


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Cookbook Love Family Memories Writing Contest & Anthology

Posted by Sally Clark on Tuesday, September 1, 2015,

Cookbook Love Family Memories Writing Contest & Anthology

http://cookbooklove.blogspot.com

 

Cookbook Love is inviting writers to enter its Family Memories writing contest. Submit a story or poem that shares your memories about kitchens and cooking past. The judges will evaluate your entry based on your ability to elicit emotion, convey a sense of time and place, and draw readers into a fully imagined scene.

 

Deadline:

2007 RTL Essay
By Grace Moore
Grade 7

Perfect

What if everyone were perfect? If there were only people with perfect bodies, perfect brains, perfect everything, it would be pretty boring. That is why it is extremely imperative for us to cherish, protect, help and love the people that are not perfect with all our hearts.

If everyone were perfect, there would be no Maddie. He was not perfect. He was the boy with muscular dystrophy who Oprah Winfrey had on her show to discuss the books of poetry he had written, the souls he touched, and the difference he made on Earth in his short life. My grandfather is not perfect either. He has Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. It’s like Parkinson’s Disease but worse. He can’t walk very well anymore; he has trouble eating, he chokes a lot and it is very difficult to understand him when he speaks. My grandfather has taught me about having a great spirit when things are not that good. He smiles all the time. That teaches me how to live my life, with a smile. My grandfather also loves my family with all his heart, even though he could be filled with frustration and resentment.

Disabled children like Maddie teach others to love and to hate no one. Maddie said he was praying for everyone in the world when, clearly, he was the one who should have been asking for prayers. His courage and love has touched me. He asked for nothing, he just found love in giving. My grandpa never complains. He is happy to just see us. I cherish my time with him. He has taught me to be positive, spirited, and to love and respect everyone. He has also taught me patience. I am sure the boy I saw in Church has had a hard time in his everyday life, having many struggles that just seem second nature to us. But, what struck me was how happy he was just to be in there with God in Church. I take this for granted. These are people who have taught me about hope, faith, and love. They have taught me every moment I’ve been with them. They are the souls who, freed from their sick bodies, will rise up to be right next to Jesus.

We mustn’t stare at disabled people. We must help them when they need it. We must learn more about their disabilities. We must protect their rights and their spirits. Most of all, we must cherish them. For they are what makes our world a little more perfect!

2007 RTL Essay
By  A.J. Gorsage
Grade 8

A Face Created in the Image of God

Think about God’s creation. Does everything fit perfectly together? One quick glance at all of the evil on earth today could easily make one laugh at this question. Although the world doesn’t appear to fit perfectly together, God created all of mankind in His image, deserving of a life with dignity and respect. However, there are some who disagree with this statement. Many people believe that the mentally and physically disabled are only burdens, that the disabled should be aborted while still in the womb or euthanized if circumstances after birth leave them disabled. The devil is trying to disrupt God’s creation by convincing many people to believe that only “normal, healthy” people or those that don’t impose a burden on others should be allowed to enjoy life on earth. As part of God’s creation, we need to protect, help, and cherish the most vulnerable of God’s creation.

I have experienced first hand the mysteries of God’s creation, the beauty and the challenges. My older sister, Alex, was born severely physically and mentally disabled. She is totally dependent upon others for her every need. Watching my parents take care of her, I have realized how physically and emotionally demanding it is, and I do my best to help care for her. Since before I was born, home health aids have come into our home to assist in caring for my sister. Witnessing their sacrifice, I have realized that my family members are not the only ones who love Alex for who she is. These aids care about my sister, making Alex’s life more enjoyable.

Though many families today don’t have members with obvious disabilities, most would probably consider having a disabled person in their family very odd. But I think having Alex as a sister has shown me God’s love in a special way. She has shown me the love we all need to possess, the unconditional love of God and His creation. I love having Alex as a part of my family. She makes my life more joyful, whether it’s her heart-melting smile and laugh or seeing her face light up when she sees her favorite toy. Alex has shown me that one can be happy in whatever situation they are in. Her simplicity, purity, and joy come from God and remind me that sometimes we complicate God’s wonderful plan for us all, His commandment to “love one another as I have loved you”.

Spending time with Alex each day has opened me up and made me more sensitive towards all people with disabilities, physical or mental. My neighbor, Will, contracted spinal meningitis when he was an infant. Today he is ten years old, and he is physically and mentally disabled. When he comes to my house to play with my siblings, sometimes I go outside just to throw a baseball with him or sit down and play dump-trucks in the dirt. If I had not been exposed, through Alex, to this misunderstood world, I don’t know if I would be comfortable enough to just sit and play with him.

Recently, Alex’s picture was put up on a billboard with the caption, “A face created in the image of God… to respect and protect.” Alex is evangelizing just by being on that billboard. Disabled people show us that the ultimate foundation of human existence is Jesus Christ; they are humanity’s privileged witnesses. They teach us all about love that not only saves us, but makes us perfect. I know that Alex, Will, and many other disabled people will enjoy things in heaven that they could not on earth because of God’s overflowing love for them.


2007 RTL Essay

By John-Andrew O’Rourke
Grade 9

Appreciate and Defend

Aiding Persons with Disabilities

Sitting in a dimly lit room, Dr. Hancock gazed intently at the sonogram image flashing before him. As his nurse suspected, the unborn girl had Down’s syndrome. Turning somberly, he revealed the situation to the eager, first-time parents, Mr. and Mrs. Keller. Explaining that the “fetus is defective” he quietly recommended they ‘terminate the pregnancy.’

As we can see, our decidedly utilitarian culture views persons with disabilities as valueless. Since they are not capable of contributing to humanity in the way most do, they are disregarded. However, we as Christians know that since God created them in His own image and likeness, they do indeed have value and a purpose. God yearns for us to unveil that purpose.

The mentally and physically disabled are persons with immortal souls. Their ultimate destiny, like all humanity’s is to take their thrones in heaven as princes or princesses of the kingdom. However, God has also sent them to teach us some important lessons in life.

Christ said that if one wished to enter the kingdom of heaven, he must become like a child. Through persons with handicaps, we witness childlike dependence. Since they often cannot provide for themselves, they learn to rely on others. This dependence in the physical life directly relates to our own dependence in the spiritual life. We can do nothing without God. However, when we trust, He quickly comes to our aid. Then, all things are possible.

Persons with handicaps also teach us to love the gift of life for its own sake. In them, we distinguish a glimpse of life’s simplicity and its beauty, and so we learn to love it selflessly. This selfless love shows us that life is not about what others can do for us, but what we can do for others. When we help persons with handicaps by anticipating their needs or guiding them along the path to their supernatural inheritance, we discover these lessons of God.

We know that persons with disabilities have value but our society is often blind to this worth. Subsequently, it attacks persons with disabilities by euthanasia. We must take a stand in their defense. But how can we, who do not hold public office or some influential position, make a difference?

We can make an enormous difference by praying simultaneously for the perpetrators of the attack, for persons with disabilities themselves, and for their caregivers. The most powerful prayers are the Mass, the Rosary, and the offering up of our own suffering. One can never overestimate the worth of prayer and sacrifice.

Another way we protect persons with disabilities is by influencing minds. When we deliberately alter our language and refer to someone as a ‘person with a disability,’ not a ‘disabled person’ we help others see that the value of life precedes the state in life. One’s state in life does not determine his humanity. An additional tool of powerful influence is the Internet. If we pass along moving stories revealing the dignity of persons with disabilities, we instill their true image in the minds of others. A final tool of influence is our own actions. When we cherish persons with handicaps by serving them as Christ served us, with willingness and charity, we set an example that can truly win minds and hearts, because it is Christ’s own example.

Mrs. Keller turned slowly from her husband to the doctor. “Thank you,” she said, “but…abortion…is not an option. God gave us this life for a reason, and He wants us to discover that reason.”


2007 RTL Essay

By Katie Dapper
Grade 11

Live & Learn

Get good grades, work out to maintain a physically fit body, wear designer clothes, drive the fastest sports car; these are some of the standards of success in American society.  Achieving these qualities is not attainable for many people in society with physical or intellectual disabilities.  Does that mean that this percentage of the population has nothing to offer society?  The answer is a definite NO.  Physically and intellectually disabled individuals deserve protection, help and support from society because they have many life lessons to teach.

Just because a person looks or sounds different does not mean that they are not worthy of basic respect.  Most public buildings are designed to accommodate those with physical disabilities, but it is the responsibility of all Americans to be advocates for those who may not be able to speak for themselves.  One way to better understand those with special needs is to “put yourself in their shoes.”  Try to imagine what it would be like to live with a physical or intellectual disability and anticipate possible necessities.  One overwhelming challenge the physically disabled face is the high cost of medical care.  On behalf of the disabled, it is society’s responsibility to persuade lawmakers to provide assistance to those who need financial help.

Another common situation faced by the disabled is feelings of isolation because of their differences.  It is the task of society to act upon the Golden Rule and “treat others the way you would have them treat you.”  Jesus said that the greatest one is he who serves others.  The disabled provide an opportunity for society to act upon the teachings of Jesus.  By attending to the needs of others it becomes obvious that there are many more important things in life than designer clothes and expensive cars.  The rewards that come from serving others are worth more than winning the lottery.

People who live with a disability can teach many priceless lessons.  Common activities of daily living can be a struggle.  A strong character and positive attitude are necessary to make it through each day.  Those with disabilities are constant reminders that endurance and perseverance are essential in life.  It is easy to see the face of Jesus in the disabled because, through His suffering, He also exhibited those characteristics.

American society is often materialistic and overlooks core values.  God’s plan is a mystery.  The lessons taught by the disabled are key to unraveling the unknown tapestry of life.  Every human life is valuable and has a purpose in God’s plan.  It is the obligation of American society to recognize the important role of the disabled and help and cherish them at every stage of life.

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