It was a most unexpected blessing.
St. Peter’s Church took in two free truckloads, about 1,000 pounds, of Catholic books and devotional objects thanks to the efforts of a former altar boy.
David Soto, 32, an employee of a junk-collection company, contacted the Roman Catholic church after the company was hired to clear out the apartment of an elderly man who was moving into a nursing home.
The man, whom the company and church officials declined to identify, had amassed enough items to pack his apartment, floor to ceiling, with boxes and bags.
Items included crucifixes, crosses, rosaries, devotional cards, medals and icons. The collection also included an encyclopedia of saints and books on Augustinian and Carmelite spirituality.
The company delivered the items earlier this month.
Rev. Arthur Rojas said the books were high quality and speculated that the former owner _ coincidentally a former St. Peter’s parishioner _ might have once aspired to a life in the church.
Well if tonnage of books and devotional items was an actual sign of calling then there must be a lot of missed vocations in St. Blogs.