He is the rock. Meanwhile, discount store values and discount store trappings: today it's all about IKEA and Wall-Mart and the epiphany of world Calvinist worship.
This photo was taken at a Franciscan parish in Rome. The ordinary postconciliar flux of causes and effects is well known to everyone and needs no rant here.
St. Dominic's first way of prayer was to humble himself before the altar as if Christ, signified by the altar, were truly and personally present and not in symbol alone. This is why the altar is of stone, this is why it is permanent and this is why the tabernacle is fixed to it.
The next time you find yourself before a cardboard altar such as this do penance and pray these words: Ventus et mare obediunt ei (The wind and sea obey Him).