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St. Patrick's Day Special

Mar 17, 2009

From a reader . . .

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 columm. 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, "Darlin', you're in Ireland now. It's a local call."

Happy St. Patrick's Day.


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