Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Intermission: received in the mail

A man in Kansas decided to write a book about churches around the world. He started by flying to San Francisco, going to a very large church, he began taking photographs and making notes.

He spotted a golden telephone on the vestibule wall and was intrigued with a sign, which read "Calls: $100 a minute". Seeking out the pastor he asked about the phone and the sign. The pastor answered that this golden phone is, in fact, a direct line to heaven and if he pays the price he can talk directly to GOD.

The man thanked the pastor and continued on his way. As he continued to visit churches in Paris, Vienna, Hong Kong, and other cities, he found more phones with the same sign and the same answer from each pastor.

Finally, he arrived in Philippines. Upon entering a church in Manila, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, he saw the usual golden telephone. But THIS time, the sign read "Calls: P10.00"

Fascinated, he asked to talk to the priest, "Father, I have been in cities around world and in each church I have found this golden telephone and have been told it is a direct line to Heaven. But in the other churches the cost was $100 a minute. Your sign reads only P10 a call. Why?"

(I love this part.....)

The priest, smiling benignly, replied, "Son, you’re in the Philippines now. You’re in God’s country. It’s a local call."

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