Tuesday, June 12, 2012

TOB for Teens essay winner

I'm proud to know the female grand prize winner of the Ascension Press TOB for Teens high school essay competition, Anna Vandegrift.  Anna wrote a wonderful essay, which you can read here.  Here's a start:


Last summer, Anna was part of the Called to be More vocations pilgrimage walk.  This summer, she is sharing a beautiful vision of femininity with the world.  


       “God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). In this verse I have found the key to understanding our sexuality. Because men and women were created to become togetherthe image of our Divine Maker, we have desires written in the depths of our hearts, desires which reflect our vocation to love authentically. Moreover, they reflect how, as men and women, we are called to fulfill this vocation in different ways. Men desire challenge and adventure. They desire to pursue, protect, and defend. These desires reflect how men are called as husbands and fathers to love, protect, and defend their wives and families. We as women, on the other hand, possess a caring and nurturing nature. Furthermore, because, as the crown of God’s creation, we are a beautiful mystery and treasure, we desire to be sought and loved. These desires reflect our call as wives and mothers to love and care for our families as well as to receive the love of our husbands by allowing them to pursue, protect, and defend us.


Congratulations, Anna! 

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