Monday, July 31, 2006

The Jesuit, The Dominican and Smoking

A Jesuit and a Dominican were on retreat. Both are struggling to give up smoking and the effort is distracting them from their prayer, so they decide to seek guidance from their spiritual directors.

The next day, the Dominican notices the Jesuit in the garden with his Bible, happily smoking, so he asks if the Jesuit had spoken to his spiritual director about the matter. The Jesuit replied that he had, and it had been very helpful.

The Dominican responded that he was surprised to see the Jesuit smoking because his own spiritual director had forbidden him to smoke while praying.

The Jesuit replied that his spiritual director had thought it a good thing to pray even while smoking.

Source: Mission and Spirituality News



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