I was again parsing my weekly sources and came across a very unusual piece. The note said, "Church Tabernacle" for sale. The title wasn't odd it was just what followed in the conversation that turned out to be something totally different. So you never really know. I called the number a few times with no response and finally late in the afternoon I finally got a hold of someone. The voice on the other end said yes, I have a church tabernacle for sale. I said okay great, have any pictures or any information for me to go off of so I can see its value and maybe help you sell this piece. He said, I have a few and within hours I had my first look at what he had for sale. I was a little shocked to say the least, it was a 15ft high altar set up in his yard with fireworks bursting off all the corners and exploding. Unusual to say the least I thought to myself. Anyway, I called the number back and said sir, you have a altar not a tabernacle. Its worth a little bit of money let me help you sell it. So he reluctantly agreed. Some time in the next few weeks I got a call from Italy requesting an altar. In Italy they can't afford to make altars, and they are not allowed to buy altars from closed churches. So they import rather than make because its so much cheaper. I told them about this altar and they bought it on the spot. It made its way from an old Minnesota barn to monks in Italy. The monks pain stakingly restored the altar to its former glory and are now using it. Yes its a good day when you can put a beautiful hand crafted altar back in use. From a midwestern barn by a corn field to a big monastery thousands of miles away. Thats a good day.
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