DOING GOOD BY STEALTH
Last week, St Bart’s was the victim of a graffiti artist.
Actually, if it had been an artist, we might have felt better about what happened. Someone daubed offensive words on the outside
of the building, underneath the statue of the family and beside the cross.
We were sad at the lack of respect for the building, and for the symbols of our faith, but took it in our stride. Plans were made for
the caretaker to remove the paint after the bank holiday.
And, indeed, it was all cleaned off. But not by Bill, our caretaker. Someone – perhaps a user of the centre, perhaps a kind neighbor, perhaps Newham Council’s street-cleaning team – came along, without being asked, and promptly and carefully restored the brickwork to normal.
Whoever it was, we are very grateful, not just for the cleaning
but for the unprompted kindness. How good it is to know that one person’s instinct to spoil and damage was balanced and cancelled by another’s instinct to restore and make good what had been damaged
– and to do this without acknowledgement or reward.
So, thank you, our anonymous friend – may you in turn find friends as good.