My son’s Catholic Elementary school has a wonderful tradition that we parents cherish. In the student’s sixth grade year, they make a crucifix in art class out of branches they cut from their own yard and create the figure of Jesus out of wire wrapped with paper. The students work on this for weeks and when they are completed, our pastor blesses them all at mass. The children bring them home to their families towards the end of their sixth grade year (and final year at Immaculate Conception School) and parents find a prominent spot in which to display.
When our oldest son brought his home from school several years ago, he knew exactly where it would hang…on the bare wall in our foyer that had been reserved just for this crucifix when he entered kindergarten seven years earlier. I have friends who have had many children go through this wonderful school and they have them clustered together as a focal point in entry ways, den and living room walls and up staircases. It always gives me goose bumps to see them displayed!
My friend Daren has a wonderful way to display hers…she just moved into her newly built home several weeks ago and asked me to paint a phrase at her back door…what we as Catholics say at the end of mass…”Let us go to love and serve the Lord.” Her family sees that wonderful statement every time they leave the house. What a wonderful thought! And yes, her daughter’s crucifix is hung next to the phrase!