There are no answers to question, "Why?"
When I read the Dec. 29 issue of The Enterprise, I was shocked to see the front page story was about the statue of Baby Jesus being stolen from the manger scene in front of St. Patrick Catholic Church. What? You have got to be kidding me.
My granddaughter Dana was devastated by the news. She saw the picture and recognized Father Reymann and the manger scene because her family placed this Baby Jesus in the manger bed the year before during Christmas Eve Mass.
Dana read the story and said, “Grandma, did you see someone stole Baby Jesus? The took Him on His birthday! How could anyone do that, tell me.”
How do I answer a question like hers? The Christmas season and a new year, and we have to face a question like that instead of talking about little girl things. I would rather talk about Barbie Tangled dolls or shiny nail polish, or oooooh and aaaaaah over her play jewelry; anything else would be sufficient.
Well, Dana, someone thought it would be fun to see if they could steal the baby without getting caught. They probably feel they have some power while they keep it hidden. Maybe they broke it up to hide it in a garbage can.
I would hope the thief would bring it back the same way he stole it, under the dark of night when no one is watching. That would be more of a challenge than stealing it in the first place. Will that really happen, Dana? I do not know. Then again, I never thought Baby Jesus coming up missing would happen either. Danie, I wish I could give you a good, hopeful answer but this is the best I can do for now.
Is there a point to stealing religious decorations from any church or building? I am sure this had nothing to do with freedom of speech or any other Constitutional right of the people. According to Father Reymann, this was the fourth incident at the church in 2011. A disturbed culprit knocked over the Virgin Mary statue, stole the St. Francis statue (in front of the sliding glass door of the rectory), and burned out a window of the old church, and now the theft.
Whoever this culprit is needs to channel all their energy into something more constructive. They probably did not get enough video games for Christmas. Let’s face it, they didn’t get any Christmas presents because their name was on the very naughty list.
Just my thoughts, Patty