I came into the church sixteen years ago during a deep personal crisis. I had been an atheist my entire life. My mother says that at the age of five, after playing all day with my little friend who was learning the catechism, I marched into the kitchen and announced, “I don’t believe in God. He is mean!” Then, I found myself attending daily Mass, spending time in church praying and reading Scripture. The Liturgy of the Mass, the calm and focused rituals, and my growing awareness of the Divine Presence became a new home for me. I prayed for God’s mercy and found it in abundance. I longed to receive the Eucharist with all my heart. I ached for it. But, I had never been baptized. A visiting priest, Father Gabriel, intervened and steered me into RCIA. I was baptized, confirmed and received Holy Communion at Easter Vigil. Since that time I have become an EM– Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. Every time I exercise this humbling privilege I am filled with extraordinary gratitude.