INDEPENDENT AS A DONKEY

INSPIRATION 2019: AN INTER-SCHOOL SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL LITERARY AND ART CONTEST

THEME: KEEP THE FIRE OF THE INSPIRATION BURNING THROUGH SHARED MISSION

SECOND PLACE IN ESSAY WRITING CONTEST


2.RuyerasAlona Grace

ALONA GRACE RUYERAS

Stella Maris Academy - Davao City

  

INDEPENDENT AS A DONKEY 

     There was once a story of a man with his donkey. He drove his donkey along a road towards the mountain side. Suddenly, the man decided to let the donkey lead the path and let it walk on its own.

     As they were walking, however, the donkey ended up being at the edge of a cliff, and thought that jumping over it would be the best way to get to the other side. As the donkey was about to jump, the man who was his driver tried to stop him. He tried to pull the donkey away from the cliff as much as he could, but the stubborn donkey did not follow him.

     "Very well, go your -way, you willful beast, and see where it leads you, - the man told his donkey, and by those words, he let go of the donkey, and the poor donkey fell over the cliff.

     This story is one of the great creations of Aesop, a Greek storyteller who is well-known for his collection of fables that can be a source of morals for kids and adults alike.

     This fable basically tells us that we need someone's guidance in our lives. One has the freedom to be independent, but regardless of this independence granted to us, we still need to be enlightened.

     The story could also be connected to our religious life and to our faith.

     People nowadays thrive a life of independence. One's main goal in life is to be able to handle things on our own without the guidance of others. This has become the standard of society, to the point that asking for help seems to create a negative effect on a person, for he will be seen as someone who is weak.

     Because of this, one tends to ignore the help of others. Our hearts become closed, unwelcoming of any advice from people. We become independent in a way that we neglect the fact we need help.

     However, one must never forget that there is someone who is there for us, someone who enables us to do all things even the most impossible ones. That person is brother, Jesus Christ, who died on the cross to offer us salvation.

     Going back to the fable, the donkey might represent a human person in the modern world. We are given the freedom in this world to do things that we are ought to do. We all have different paths to take, different roads to walk on, and different stories to finish.

     In spite of that, there may be external factors that would greatly affect our life and our choices. It may be our mistakes, or trials in life. That is why Jesus acts as our master, our driver, to guide us in what we should do. But sometimes, we seek to be independent to the point that we fail to realize that Jesus brought us into where we are today.

     Let's take Saint Ignatius as an example. He is recognized as one of the most influential people in Roman Catholicism. He also founded the Society of Jesus in Paris, which is known globally, even in the Philippines. Saint Ignatius was born in the province of Guipuzcoa, to a wealthy family. In 1517, he served as a knight in the service of his relative. However, he sustained a very bad injury on 1521 as he was hit by a cannonball during an encounter. He almost lost hope and thought that he was going to die after the incident. While he was in the hospital for recovery, he picked up some religious texts which were available. Little did he know that these texts were the calling of Jesus upon him, and these texts led him to his spiritual conversion.

     Most of the texts he read were about Jesus Christ and lives of saints. He had realizations of life, and soon, started to live a religious and holy life. Sooner, he became the founder of the Jesuit order, as he was influenced by the words of Jesus in his life.

   In this world wherein we might be blinded by many factors, we must always recognize the presence of Jesus in our lives. After all, he is our brother, whose role is to be our guide in life. We must not be overwhelmed by our freedom and our desire for independence.

     Saint Candida has a saying which goes, "In Jesus we have everything, without Him everything we have is lost." This wonderful quotation signifies the importance of letting Jesus inside our hearts and minds as we take action in real life. One is not "fully independent" for in the end, we still need Jesus in our lives.

     Now, you should decide. Will you be as foolish as the donkey in the fable? Or will you try to become like Saint Ignatius, whose life was changed after letting Jesus enter his heart?

 

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WINNERS IN ESSAY WRITING

FIRST PLACE: Quijano. Julia Emmanuelle - Sacred Heart School, Cebu City

SECOND PLACE: Ruyeras, Alona Grace - Stella Maris Academy, Davao City

THIRD PLACE: Moises, Gertrude Angela - Colegio de las Hijas de Jesus, Iloilo City

WINNERS IN PHOTOGRAPHY

WINNERS OF SHORT STORY

WINNERS IN INFOGRAHICS DESIGN

WINNERS IN POEM WRITING, FREE VERSE

FIRST PLACE: Diaz, Pauline Jane - St. Joseph School, Guimaras

SECOND PLACE:Ortega, Thea Alessandra - Colegio de las Hijas de Jesus, Iloilo City

THIRD PLACE:Dumlao, Julia Regine - Manresa School, Parañaque City

WINNERS IN POEM WRITING, METERED VERSE

FIRST PLACE:Gregorio, Dana Marie - Colegio de las Hijas de Jesus, Iloilo City

SECOND PLACE:Geonzon, Gyanna Kisha - Sacred Heart School, City

THIRD PLACE:Mucho,Carl Jane - St. Joseph School, Guimaras

WINNERS IN POSTER MAKING (OIL PASTEL)

WINNERS IN POSTER MAKING CONTEST (WATER COLOR)

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