From a friend:
Reading about altar stones, relics, and patient priests made me think to send you a couple more pictures from China.
I was let into a little locked up room with all sorts of Catholic treasures inculding an old altar stone (relic removed), several old prayer books (from the 1500-1600s!) and crucifixes that were buried (in order to not be destroyed) during the Cultural Revolution.
And you can be thankful that you don’t have to type using this Chinese typewriter also found in that fantastic little room. The boxes to the right of the typewriter are filled with tiny little characters that one has to dig through to find the correct mirror image of the needed character and then place it in the appropriate slot on the base of the typewriter and then punch away. [Which brings to mind my post today regarding the technological advances of this Information Age!]
While the West is arguably entering a post-Christian era, the faith is sweeping through China and the rest of Asia, soon to become an unstoppable force that will forever alter the landscape there. (Pun intended). What will China and rest of Asia look like once Christianity is freely permitted, and it flourishes without restraint there? The seeds have been planted (some as early at Seventh Century A.D.!). There are already countless churches, Christian communities, and “boots on the ground” for the New Evangelization. Pray for the Church in China! Our Lady of Sheshan, pray for us!