Hope For Our Future
Winner of the Inaugural Msgr.
Joseph James Writing Scholarship Award
By Rachelle Andone
hope for every person on earth to be touched by God. I hope for
those who have their doubts, to finally see him, and recognize his
powers. I believe that in order to work towards these hopes and
dreams, we must spread his message to those who are not fortunate
enough to already know him.
I hope that one day, the young people of this world recognize their
responsibility of spreading his Word through not only words, but
Last year I participated in Plunge, a youth volunteer program sponsored
by St. Catherine Parish in Orange Park.
The group goes to St. Augustine for a week to help the elderly and
people in need by making simple repairs and improvements to their
homes. We worked from 9 o’clock in the morning to 4 o’clock
in the afternoon. We slept at a nearby school and ate our meals
at the local soup kitchen.
The teens in our group made sure the needs of our clients were met,
and that they were happy with our work.
We began to see our clients as friends. We exchanged stories throughout
the day getting to know one another.
The weeklong project is proof there are young people willing to
share their God-given abilities with those less fortunate. The Plunge
slogan is “Faith without action is dead” taken from
James 2:17, 20. This is a powerful verse from the Bible -
one that I try to live by each day. Through the actions and deeds
of our Plunge group, I hope people recognize Jesus working within
each of us and his word will spread like wildfire. I hope our actions
will inspire others to want to grow in their faith and get to know
our Lord more intimately.
It is through projects like Plunge that you realize Jesus is within
each of us - young, old, able or fragile. It is through our
action, kindness, love and thankfulness that we see God. These are
the qualities in which I hope eventually fill the people of this
I believe as long as there are good people in this world willing
to sacrifice their time and efforts for others and who put others
before themselves, God will prevail. I hope that, like the teens
of Plunge, we all find time to become closer to him. It is through
our work for him that we receive his blessings.
By spreading the word of God, I believe there will be less hatred
filling the world. With the message of God being so clear, a true
love for every one of us should be found and exercised without prejudice.
The world would then have no choice but to become a better place
for future generations. As long as we use the word of God to motivate
us to keep up our morale, and come together to create a better place
for ourselves, there is still hope for the world to be engulfed
in his message.
Hope for the future is all I ask. Hope that we realize how great
God can be, and how he can help us overcome our obstacles. It is
because of his undying love that he forgives our mistakes and faults.
I hope that our actions show our beliefs, and spark curiosity of
why we love him so much — so others will want to know him
I hope that eventually, every person in this world embraces the
love of God, forcing all doubt and hatred to be smothered completely
out of our lives. I hope we work hard and never falter because without
action, our faith will die. If we remain hopeful, I believe this
world has no choice but to become a better place for everyone.
Rachelle Andone is a 2006 graduate of Ridgeview High School in
Orange Park and a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Green Cove Springs.
She is now attending the University of Florida in Gainesville and
plans to major in graphic and commercial art design.