If Only Common Sense Were More Ecumenical


Thanks again to Father Gerald Beirne of snowbound Rhode Island for hanging out by the fire of his computer keys and virtually writing most of our columns for The Pecan Park Eagle this week. Stay warm, Father Gerald, and keep those hot ideas and stories pouring into our land of Houston sunshine and smiles of appreciation. – Editor.

If Only Common Sense Were Less of a Parochial Gene – And More of an Ecumenical Phenomenon

During a Eucharistic Congress, a number of priests from different orders are gathered in a church for Vespers. While they are praying, a fuse blows and all the lights go out.

The Benedictines continue praying from memory, without missing a beat.

The Jesuits begin to discuss whether the blown fuse means they are dispensed from the obligation to pray Vespers.

The Franciscans compose a song of praise for God’s gift of brother darkness.

The Dominicans revisit their ongoing debate on light as a signification of the transmission of divine knowledge.

The Carmelites fall into silence and slow, steady breathing.

The parish priest, who is hosting the others, goes to the basement and replaces the fuse.




3 Responses to “If Only Common Sense Were More Ecumenical”

  1. Patrick Lopez Says:


  2. Tom Hunter Says:

    No word from the Trappists?

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