Thursday, September 2, 2010

It's an Old Joke...

...so I just hadda render it in verse.

Be Careful What You Pray For

A Dominican friar of holy repute
and his Franciscan brother fell into dispute
over which congregation was better.
They argued about it in city and field,
and as neither persuaded, and neither would yield,
they decided to write God a letter.

So they set forth their cases in scholarly prose
on the same sheet of parchment, and then they arose
and carried their plea to the altar.
“Heavenly Father, we know You are near.
Tonight, while we’re sleeping, please answer us here
on this sheet that we place by the Psalter.”

Next morning, they hastened to chapel, and there
in a light that made the motes spangle in air,
in a handsome round script, the answer lay.
“Remember the Gospel. It’s far more divine
to take last place than first. Boys, you’re both doing fine.”
It was signed, God Almighty, S.J.

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