I also now have great reversible travel vestments for that altar, including little frontals.
I’m am also getting ready for an interesting pilgrimage to S. Italy and Sicily in April and May.
So… I’m thinking about this situation, of the portable altar, the case, the shipping. What to do?
Meanwhile, I get out a DVD of… “Hey, I haven’t seen this for a while!”… For Greater Glory. It’s about the Cristeros.
After weighing my options, I call St. Joseph’s Apprentice, and told him to start making a “Wilderness Altar” for me. After all, I won’t need the internal storage space inside my other beautiful altar, because I have the case with the formable foam. That’ll lighten the load and I’ll have more storage space.
I had seen photos of the Wilderness Altar on his site. HERE
During our phone conversation, St. Joseph’s Apprentice told me how meaningful it had been to make that altar (above), which contains a relic of the Mexican boy martyr… Saint José Luis Sánchez del Río.
For Greater Glory… portable altar… St. José Luis Sánchez del Río ….
Then – out of the blue? – I get an email from a priest entitled “Viva Cristo Rey!” With an attached photo of… St. José Luis Sánchez del Río!
Father says that TODAY is the Feast of St. José, who was murdered exactly 90 years ago today: 10 February 1928.
I called up St. Joseph’s Apprentice to tell him that, and he tells me that the first altar he ever made had a link to the… Cristeros.
He explained that he had built a shrine for his brother in law and the local priest came to bless it. Afterward, the priest said he wanted an altar built for an altar stone he had been given by another priest. It was from the Cristeros. That was Altar #1!
So, folks, you tell me what’s going on with this.
I suspect that this project and the upcoming pilgrimage may have the smile of “Joselito”, which is a diminutive of “José… Joseph”, which might be used to describe a certain builder of beautiful portable altars, who was Cristeros inspired.