Thursday 2 September 2010

And St Francis preached a sermon to the wild creatures

... and one of his disciples asked him about it afterwards.
“The stern injunctions against laying up goods in this world,” (asked the disciple) “who were they intended for?”
“They were intended for the squirrels, of course,” said the saint.
“And the injunctions against stealing?”
“For the foxes.”
“Of course. And the exhortations to be cheerful always?”
“The badgers. They’re terribly disposed to gloom, you know.”
“I see. And what about all the little jokes you made throughout the sermon?”
“They were strictly for the birds,” said St Francis.

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