First Place: Micah Vawter

First Place: Micah Vawter

My Brother, Matthew by Micah Vawter, age 12 One summer afternoon, we all smiled as my 10-year-old brother Matthew cheerily yelled “Merry Christmas!” to the family sitting at the table next to us as we were leaving a restaurant. At first they were bewildered because it...
Second Place: Paola Victoria Castillo

Second Place: Paola Victoria Castillo

Tending to the Least of These  by Paola Victoria Castillo, age 9 Doing small deeds with great love is the “Little Way” to heaven, according to one of my favorite saints, Therese of Lisieux. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to...
Third Place: Jessica Armentano

Third Place: Jessica Armentano

When We Reach Out Our Hands by Jessica Armentano, age 10 When we reach out our hands we can make a big difference in the world for the least of these. In the Gospel of Matthew we read: “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of least of these my brethren, you did...

Honorable Mention: Raylyn Wagner

The Least of These By Raylyn Wagner, age 5 My baby brother is my best friend. He can’t talk really well, but I know what he wants. He can’t pour his own drink, but I can pour it for him. Sometimes he gets into my craft stuff and grabs my scissors. I tell...

Honorable Mention: Grace Ann Lawson

The Least of These By Grace Ann Lawson, age 8 We should all follow Jesus’ command. We can follow it by serving others. The least of these are people around us, the people who have less, and others who are smaller and weaker than we. Our family members are also...

Honorable Mention: Mary Clare Thimons

Love Begins at Home By Mary Clare Thimons, age 11 It is the 21st century. Nursing homes are filled with people begging for love and attention. In many countries and even in the United States, children go to bed hungry. Inside their mother’s wombs, babies don’t have a...