Tuesday, December 11, 2012
What do you get when you cross a kitten and a bat?
A cat that sleeps upside down.
Pope John XXIII’s Daily Decalogue
Pope John XXIII (pope 1958–1963), known as the “The Good Pope,” wrote his Daily Decalogue:
1. Only for today, I will seek to live the livelong day positively without wishing to solve the problems of my life all at once.
2. Only for today, I will take the greatest care of my appearance: I will dress modestly; I will not raise my voice; I will be courteous in my behavior; I will not criticize anyone; I will not claim to improve or to discipline anyone except myself.
3. Only for today, I will be happy in the certainty that I was created to be happy, not only in the other world but also in this one.
4. Only for today, I will adapt to circumstances, without requiring all circumstances to be adapted to my own wishes.
5. Only for today, I will devote 10 minutes of my time to some good reading, remembering that just as food is necessary to the life of the body, so good reading is necessary to the life of the soul.”
6. Only for today, I will do one good deed and not tell anyone about it.
7. Only for today, I will do at least one thing I do not like doing; and if my feelings are hurt, I will make sure that no one notices.
8. Only for today, I will make a plan for myself: I may not follow it to the letter, but I will make it. And I will be on guard against two evils: hastiness and indecision.
9. Only for today, I will firmly believe, despite appearances, that the good Providence of God cares for me as no one else who exists in this world.
10. Only for today, I will have no fears. In particular, I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful and to believe in goodness. Indeed, for 12 hours I can certainly do what might cause me consternation were I to believe I had to do it all my life.
A college professor had a strict rule for final exams: Anyone seen writing after the bell rang was automatically given a zero on the test. One semester, the bell sounded and everyone stopped writing except for one student, who kept going for another five minutes before calmly getting up to hand in his test. “That’s a zero for you,” said the professor.
“Don’t you know who I am?” asked the student.
“I don’t care who you are!” snapped the professor. “You could be the president’s son for all I care. You still get a zero.”
“So you don’t know who I am?” persisted the student.
“No,” the professor replied.
“Good,” said the student, as he slipped his exam into the middle of the stack of tests and walked out.