The “all day in the Atrium” day finally arrived and it was celebrated with great peace, periods of remarkable silence, and much joy! To use the new favorite word to describe time in the Atrium…it was “phenomenal.” These crosses represent one visible “product” of a long year of intensive preparation for First Communion. Each child designed his/her own cross and chose images and words that represented how God has helped him/her prepare for the gift of receiving His Body and Blood. I wish I could write an explanation for each cross because one of the best parts of the day was listening to the children describe the significance of each item. Please continue to keep these children in prayer as they begin to celebrate, in their parishes, the great gift of knowing the Good Shepherd in a new, intimate way over the next month. Truly, God is SO good.