The Atrium Child

A little girl, 3 years old, sat at the prayer table quietly during a period of silent reflection. Suddenly she stood up, grasped a small Good Shepherd statue from the prayer table gently in her hands, kissed it, and whispered reverently, “Thank you.”

During a reflection on the found sheep (Luke 15:3-6), the catechist asked the children if the Good Shepherd would ever stop looking for his sheep who was lost. “No,” was their whispery, definite reply with shakes of their heads. “What if it gets dark?” the catechist asked. “Would the Good Shepherd keep searching?” “Of course!” a 5-year-old boy exclaimed, “because he can still see at night. Jesus is the Light!”