A missionary priest could convert the majority of the members of a primitive tribal community to Christianity. Francis, one of the fresh converts agreed to cook food for the priest. It was the time of Lent. The priest exhorted every believer to abstain from meat during the Lent. He instructed his cook to stop cooking meat for them till the end of the Lent. But on the next day, he served cooked pork for the priest. The priest was angry. He reminded the cook about his instruction to abstain from meat of any type. The cook was very cool. He said, “Father, you can eat it. It is not meat. It is fish.”
The father sought an explanation.
The cook said, “I poured some water over the pork and baptized it. I gave it a new name, ‘Fish’. Now it is fish. We can eat it.”
The priest tried to illuminate the cook. But he reminded the priest, “But that was how you made me a Christian and named me Francis!”
Another missionary converted an African cannibal to the Catholic Church. One day the convert told the missionary that he was sorry that he ate meat on a Friday. The priest thought for a while. Then he asked, “What type of meat?” The convert replied, “Human meat. I got it after several months. I could not control myself!”
By: Dr. Babu Philip, Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India.