What a gift!: Bishop Bruskewitz receives 11th century stone

While perusing online search results for “Catholic gifts,”  I came across this news article from catholicnewsagency.com:

On the occasion of Bishop Fabian W. Bruskewitz’s 50th Priesthood Jubilee last summer, he received an unusual but welcome gift: a stone from Lincoln Cathedral in England.

This remarkable gift came from Father Regis Barwig, prior of the Community of Our Lady.
For some 40 years, Father Barwig has been collecting stones from pre-Reformation cathedrals in England.

This particular stone had been hewn to size and installed sometime between 1072, when William the Conqueror (1028-1087) ordered the cathedral’s construction, and 1092, when the Lincoln Cathedral was consecrated.

According to the article, which can be found in its entirety here, the Lincoln Cathedral began as Romanesque, and in the centuries that followed its construction, the cathedral survived a fire, an earthquake and a tower collapse.  At one point the Lincoln Cathedral became the tallest structure in the world. It is also home to one of four remaining signed copies of the Magna Carta! And now, plans are underway in determining a spot for display!

Impressive gift!

Yet entertaining and informative as this story is, it did not help me find the gift which I still needed!  Luckily, after searching online some more I found a lovely Flowering Berry Cross.  So, for those of you (like me) who cannot obtain an ancient stone, hope this alternative helps you in your upcoming holiday gift quests!