By Joseph Kenny | email@example.com | twitter: @josephkenny2
God must have wanted a newly refurbished altar.
Or so it seems to residents of St. Agnes Apartments, a Cardinal Ritter Senior Services residence in south St. Louis. They enjoyed a series of fortunate events that led to a sorely needed replacement altar.
Ken Grant is one of two sacristans who set up St. Agnes' multipurpose room each Saturday for Mass, but the altar was unstable. In search of a replacement, Grant contacted Deacon Joe Streckfuss of the archdiocesan Reclamation Center, which stores items — such as altars — from closed parishes and other facilities for re-use in the future.
In these days of racial tension in our country, we are all searching for some gentility, some sense of true Christianity in our midst. And as I rode in the car with one of my most-treasured friends, Mike Hopkins, on our return from a writing conference at the University of Iowa, he related to me a story which shows that respect -- no, even love -- for members of other races existed in the past and surely can today.