A bit of irony never hurts …

I just came across this beautiful funny poem by Tim Canny of ‘Lapped Catholics’ and I thought I’d share it with you:

          Thoughts of a  Slightly Confused Potential Convert

confusedI’d like to be a Catholic,
To sail the Holy Sea.
To learn about the Cannon Laws
Like “Don’t aim that thing at me”.

I’ll help around the chapel.
I know I can be trained,
To clean the glass that’s dirty.
You know, you call it stained.

I’ve soldiered for this country
And guarded foreign borders
So I’ve no problem with a priest
Barking Holy Orders.

No, I’m no fan of gluttony.
While fasting I’ll stand firm.
But there’s no way you’ll see me
Go on a Diet of Worms!

And when it comes to Martyrs Paste
I really don’t know whether
It’s used to brush the martyr’s teeth
Or put martyrs back together.

I have just one more question
For which I’m at a loss
Please can someone tell me
How much a Penta costs.

7 Responses to “A bit of irony never hurts …”


  1. 1 Bill Turner June 4, 2009 at 20:45

    Thanks I particularly needed a healthy laugh today for I am not feeling joyful. However, I totally put my trust in God and in His plan for the remainder of my life here. Maranatha!

  2. 2 Don Alfredo June 5, 2009 at 09:36

    Bella!
    Il Cattolicesimo è gioia, è allegria🙂
    Il vero Cattolico vive circondato dalla santa allegria cristiana.
    Un esempio sono i nostri santi. Prendi San Filippo Neri – la sua fu una santità allegra, nel senso che fu una santità contrassegnata dalla volontà di evidenziare quanto la vita cristiana sia capace di donare vera gioia.
    Filippo Neri (“Pippo bòno” per gli amici) era brillante, spiritoso, aveva la battuta sempre pronta e pungente (da buon toscano) e tanta bontà, comprensione e disponibilità. “Ritirati, Signore, ritirati. Trattieni l’onda della tua grazia” diceva quando aveva il cuore gonfio di felicità e di riconoscenza. Nello stesso tempo pregava il Signore di tenergli la mano sul capo .. “altrimenti Filippo senza il Tuo aiuto ne fa qualcuna delle sue”.

  3. 3 jasmine tea June 8, 2009 at 14:39

    Cute!

    Thank you so much for the hymn and words of support!!🙂 There have been a lot of great readings lately, too, like this one from Psalm 3..

    “But you, Lord, are a shield about me,
    my glory, who lift up my head.
    I cry aloud to the Lord.
    He answers from his holy mountain.”

  4. 4 Antonella Oliver June 9, 2009 at 10:59

    Lovely……….and love the picture of the little boy so pensive. yes we need to be joyful in the Lord always.

  5. 5 Cinzia June 9, 2009 at 12:41

    Gabriella, I guess that’s me “the little boy so pensive ….!!!”
    (uhm!!!!) oh well …. don’t know whether I still look like a boy but I most definitely still get more and more confused the more I think.

    Love your articles. They seem to get better and better. How do you do it? Remarkable stuff!

    To Bill Turner: your words really struck a chord with me! I can relate to days that are or seem a lot less than joyful. But your words have given me hope. I too will put my trust in God and in His plan for the remainder of my life here. Thank you.

  6. 6 Bill Turner June 9, 2009 at 16:27

    However great our distress, we must never forget to trust only in the God who entered the history of men to share their sorrows.
    Cinzia, I often feel there is no reason for me to be here anymore and I feel like things are never going to get better. People tell me to pray and have faith, I’m trying but it’s hard to have faith when everything around you keeps crumbling. However, I’ve noticed that prayer does help, it really helps, and so does a good spiritual advisor.
    Remember God never gives you more than you can handle – he’s only asking us to help him carry his cross🙂
    God bless you.
    I fully agree with you, Gabriella’s blog is simple but awesome🙂 Wish I could understand the Italian though, maybe if I start going to Italian classes it would give me something wholesome to fill my mind.
    Maranatha!

  7. 7 Cinzia June 11, 2009 at 12:53

    Bill: there is definitely reason for you to be here!! Just your few words on this webpage already have been an inspiration to me … so I am positive there is a whole lot more about you that I don’t know … that plenty of other people benefit from and learn.

    You have a strong faith too and demonstrate so much optimism in spite of “everything around you crumbling” and that is simply marvellous. Can’t help but admire that … ’cause I ain’t so optimistic about life in general and tend to see things as a norm more black than white …

    Thank you once more and God bless you too – I have indeed started praying again.

    Gabriella: it goes without saying of course that this blog of yours is a huge inspiration and learning process for me. I am taking in every word as you go … keep up the great work. Ciao!!


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