Tuesday, March 17, 2009

St Patricks Day

Has finally arrived.
While on vacation in Rome , I noticed a marble column in St. Peter's with a golden telephone on it.
As a young priest passed by, I asked who the telephone was for. The priest told me it was a direct line to heaven, and if I'd like to call, it would be a thousand dollars. I was amazed, but declined the offer.

Throughout Italy , I kept seeing the same golden telephone on a marble column. At each, I asked about it and the answer was always the same: It was a direct line to heaven and I could call for a thousand dollars.

Then -
I finished my tour in Ireland . I decided to attend Mass at a local village church. When I walked in the door I noticed the golden telephone. Underneath it there was a sign stating: "DIRECT LINE TO HEAVEN: 25 cents." "Father," I said, "I have been all over Italy and in all the cathedrals I visited, I've seen telephones exactly like this one. But the price is always a thousand dollars. Why is it that this one is only 25 cents?"

The priest smiled and said, "You're in Ireland now. It's a local call."
Happy St. Patrick's Day.


Fran said...

HAH! That is brilliant!!!

Dearest Brian, I send you every good thought, prayer and wish for your birthday and always.

Getting to know you via the blogs has been a gift and I always leave your blog a bit better for what I have learned or read here.

God bless you always.

(Local call *snort* - that is funny!)

kkryno said...

Happy Birthday, Brian!

Nice to meet you! (Fram sent me.)