I attended the National Catholic Youth Conference. While I was there, my best friend and I stumbled across the Answered Prayers Cross booth. A priest, Father Anthony from Illinois, was at the booth. We joked around and talked, and then we were told the story behind the crosses. I knew I wanted to buy one immediately. Father Anthony encouraged my friend and me to pick out a cross. My eyes landed on one that represented the Footprints in the Sand poem, which had always been my absolute favorite. My friend also found one at the same time. Father Anthony saw us reaching for our wallets and stopped us. He told us he would buy them if we promised to pass them on. So he bought them and I told my youth minister about the whole thing. She purchased a cross, too, and I’m planning on sharing my story with my confirmation class in the hopes that they’ll be encouraged to help out.