Cassandra Boudreaux, a student of the Holy Family Homeschoolers Association, was announced as the Serra Club of Baton Rouge’s grand prize winner of its annual essay contest. Boudreaux was presented with a check for $250 and an inscribed plaque. The assigned topic was “Whispers From God.” Her essay was selected from essays sent in from Catholic diocesan schools and the Holy Family Homeschoolers Association. 

Each school selected its top three essays to submit to the judging committee who then awarded first place plaques for the best essay from each school.  

The best essays from each school were Malorie Denham, Ascension Catholic Elementary School in Donaldsonville; Anna LaGrone, Catholic Elementary School of Pointe Coupee in New Roads; Kendyl Edwards, Most Blessed Sacrament School in Baton Rouge; Elena Kelly, Our Lady of Mercy School in Baton Rouge; Katherine Winchester, St. Aloysius School in Baton Rouge; Jackson Whitlow, St. Alphonsus Liguori School in Greenwell Springs; Camille Coco, St. George School in Baton Rouge; Sydnie Williams, St. Jean Vianney School in Baton Rouge; Amalie Dupont, St. John Elementary/Middle School in Plaquemine; Morgan Watkins, St. Joseph School in Ponchatoula; and, Audrey Soulier, St Theresa School in Gonzales. 

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Serra Club president Richard Daviet, left, presents a check for $250 to Serra Club essay winner Cassandra Boudreaux, center, along with her mother Myriah Boudreaux.Photo provided by Robert Chasuk | Serra Club of Baton Rouge 

The Serra Club Essay Contest is held annually and is open to all Catholic schools and Catholic home schooled middle school students. 

Serra Club winning essay: Listening for Whispers from God

By Cassandra Boudreaux, Eighth Grade

Holy Family Homeschoolers

Whispers most often come as intimate messages from a friend. When we listen to a friend whispering, we stop our activity and are sure to keep still and quiet. We lean our ear toward the friend and might even close our eyes in order to hear better. In this same way, we must prepare ourselves to hear the voice of God. A person cannot hear a friend whispering if they are, for example, dribbling a basketball while wearing earbuds.

In the modern world, there are many distractions from God’s voice. We wake up to the sound of beeping. The dryer buzzes when the wash is done. The coffee maker beeps when it is ready. The television chatters in the next room and the radio offers traffic reports while we are on the road. Phones ring and bling to alert us that messages need our attention. In today’s technical world, it seems there is no place where we can retreat and be fully still and

With all the busyness of today’s world, it is very important to take time to listen to God. In order to hear God’s voice, we must cut ourselves off from the world for a while. We must go to a place where we can be free from distraction. A good way to hear God’s quiet whispers is by going to adoration, where we can pray silently before Jesus in the Eucharist. When we are able to kneel in silent adoration, we quiet our body and our mind. We listen.

What are we listening for? Scripture mentions that after Elijah faced an earthquake and a fire, he heard “a light silent sound” which was the voice of God (1 Kings 19:12-13). Earthquakes shake (and) rattle things and fires loudly consume everything around, but it is in the light, silent sound that we hear God’s calling.

God told Moses to call him “I AM.” In a similar way, God calls us to simply be. Be still. Be quiet. Be in his presence. Listen.

When God whispers to his children, it is very faint. In the quiet stillness, God offers assurance and guidance. He gently steers us in the right direction. God loves us so much he gave us his only son, and he wants to guide us and talk to us.