Stolen Statue Returned to Church After 90 Years

posted by Sarah Jacobs -


The staff at the Our Lady of Grace Church in Hoboken, NJ found a mysterious package with no return address at the front door and called police.  Officers used a heat-detecting device to make sure there were no explosives inside, and once they determined it was safe, they opened it up. Inside they found a statue of baby Jesus and a note.

The note read, "To Whom it may concern; My Mom told me that the Baby Jesus had been stolen from the church Nativity display at Our Lady of Grace when she was a young girl of about twelve years of age in the early 1930's. It came into her father's possession somehow, and I don't know why he didn't return it. Instead, he gave it to my Mother after she was married, and she too kept it until her passing when it came to me. Knowing the story, I felt it should be returned to the rightful owner, and you will find it enclosed."

The anonymous sender was praised by the reverend, who said, "I think it's admirable to know that even after all these decades someone knows you can do the right thing just return it. I think it's an affirmation that people always have to try to do the right thing and, in this case, someone did."

That's crazy! No one knows exactly how or why the statue was stolen, but I'm glad it's finally been returned!

[WABC]

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