May 17, 2020 - Many of these items were around in 1918 too!
A priest pointed this out, and his words gave me unexpected comfort for some reason. I believe that comfort came from the bolstered reminder (at this specific time in history) that God is present and in charge always and forever. Reminded that these cherished items helped others through far more difficult times throughout the last century. Reminded that I'm surrounded daily by hope. And most humbling and encouraging... that others will be reminded by these items preserved for future generations.
I work with these sacred items every day, and do the utmost not take things for granted. Yet his words gave me unrealized appreciation and perspective, and wanted to share.