- Used to the large Gothic cathedrals in Germany, he tries to find one in New York.
- But the ones he finds also have very large congregations.
- There’s an odd mixture of acceptance, fear, and most importantly hate directed towards him. So the next week he goes to a different church.
- Finally he finds a small church in the broken down side of New York. In Hell’s Kitchen.
- He sits in the back of a church. There aren’t many people there, mostly elderly folks, a few small families and a few loners like himself.
- Just before Mass starts he hears the click of someone tapping the wooden pew with a cane.
- The man, wearing sunglasses inside the dimly lit church, smiles politely and nods at Kurt. “Good morning.” He greets before retracting the white cane and kneeling down in prayer.
- Of course he doesn’t mind Kurt’s appearance, he’s blind.
- There’s a moment of silence just before the Lord’s Prayer when the man extends his right hand towards Kurt so that they may pray together.
- He hesitates but gently takes the man’s hand and begins to pray.
- The man’s brow creases only for a second before he starts to pray as well.
- And when it’s time for the Sign of Peace, the man shakes Kurt’s hand firmly and with a gentle smile, “Peace be with you.”
- After the concluding rites, the man looks in Kurt’s direction again, “See you next week.” He light heartedly jokes and goes on his way.
- Kurt is stunned. The man may have been blind but he held his deformed hand like he was just another person. The other parishioners pay him little mind, a few smile in passing at him and leave him to his prayers.
- Holding back a few tears Kurt realizes he’s found his home away from home.
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(Nightcrawler 2004 #12)
Sadly, Matt does not appear to be visiting Salem Center that day