I Love Fr. Z’s Sense of Humor! Something We All Need These Days.
Things are never so bad that humor can’t be poured on as balm. Think of all the martyrs who joked as they went to their deaths and other saints who made laughter part of their ministry. (Don’t take my quotes literally; I’m writing them from memory.):
- St. Lawrence being cooked on a grill — “Turn me over; I’m done on this side.”
- Thomas More moving his beard out of the way of the executioner’s axe. “My beard has done no harm.” Also, “See me safe up (onto the executioner’s platform); as for my coming down, let me shift for myself”
- St. Bernard of Clairvaux, on finding his monks trying to get rid of a swarm of flies in a church about to be dedicated, solemnly said to the pesky bugs, “I excommunicate all of you,” giving his monks a hearty laugh.
- St. Teresa of Avila didn’t even mind tweaking the Lord. I think everyone has heard the story of when her carriage lost a wheel in a muddy stream leaving the nuns to wade out of the water. Hence her famous admonition to the Lord, “If you treat your friends like this, no wonder you have so few.”
- And then there is irrepressible Don Bosco. Some people thought he was crazy and wanted to have him institutionalized. They went to pick him up and take him to the insane asylum, but, knowing their intent, he insisted they get in first. As soon as they did, he slammed the door and called to the driver, “Quick! To the asylum; they’re expected!”
Happy Sisters…no bus in sight! (See the rest of the post — with pictures — here.)