A Catholic Priest, a Baptist Preacher and a Rabbi all served as Chaplains to the students of Northern Michigan University, at Marquette, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
They would get together, two or three times a week, for coffee and to talk shop.
One day, someone made the comment that preaching to people isn't really all that hard.
A real challenge would be to preach to a bear.
One thing led to another and they decided to do an experiment...
They would all go out into the woods, find a bear, preach to it, and attempt to convert it to their religion.
Seven days later, they all came together to discuss their experiences.
Father Flannery, who had his arm in a sling, was on crutches, and had various bandages on his body and limbs, went first:
'Well,' he said, 'I went into the woods to find me a bear.
And when I found him, I began to read to him from the Catechism.
Well, that bear wanted nothing to do with me and it began to slap me around.
So, I quickly grabbed my holy water, sprinkled him and, Holy-Mary-Mother-of-God, he became as gentle as a lamb.
The Bishop is coming out next week to give him First Communion and Confirmation.'
Reverend Billy Bob, the Baptist, spoke next:
He was in a wheelchair, had one arm and both legs in casts, and had an IV drip.
In his best fire-and-brimstone oratory, he exclaimed,
'WELL, brothers, you KNOW that we Baptists don't sprinkle!
I went out and I FOUND me a bear.
And, then, I began to read to my bear from God's HOLY WORD!
But, that bear wanted nothing to do with me.
So, I took HOLD of him and we began to wrestle.
We wrestled down one hill, UP another and DOWN another until we came to a creek.
So, I quickly DUNKED him and BAPTIZED his hairy soul.
And, just like you said, he became as gentle as a lamb.
We spent the rest of the day praising Jesus.
The Priest and the Reverend both looked down at the Rabbi, who was lying in a hospital bed.
He was in a body cast and traction with IVs and monitors running in and out of him.
He was in really bad shape.
The Rabbi looked up and said:
"Looking back on it, circumcision may not have been the best way to start."
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When two planes carrying a total of 9 skydivers collided mid air, 12,000 feet above Superior, Wisconsin. The wings disconnected from one of the planes causing a fiery explosion. All 9 skydiver landed safely, as well as the two pilots, one of which was taken to the hospital to treat minor cuts.
Someone might find their flying days are numbered.Milord wrote:^When two planes carrying a total of 9 skydivers collided mid air, 12,000 feet above Superior, Wisconsin. The wings disconnected from one of the planes causing a fiery explosion. All 9 skydiver landed safely, as well as the two pilots, one of which was taken to the hospital to treat minor cuts.
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