Thief returns Jesus statue with sorry note
Elmira, Ont., sculptor Timothy Schmalz says he feels “uplifted” and “happy” after his latest work was returned, along with a sorry note, to the downtown church from which it was stolen about a week ago.
The life-size statue, called Whatsoever You Do, had been sitting outside the Church of Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields in downtown Toronto since September.
Schmalz, whose work has recently been praised by Pope Francis, initially expressed shock when the statue was stolen last week by an unidentified thief. Now that’s it has been returned, along with an apology note, Schmalz said he feels “optimistic.”
“The fact that it’s back and this man actually had the courage to bring it back and actually even write down ‘I’m sorry’ on it really makes me feel optimistic about Toronto and people’s nature in general,” Schmalz told CBC’s The Morning Edition host Craig Norris on Monday. “Everyone basically does mistakes and this guy had the courage to fix it as much as he could.”
How very . . . . . . . Canadian.