Whilst 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 column. 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 continued my tour and arrived in Israel. I decided to attend temple services at a local synagogue. When I walked in the door I noticed the golden telephone. Underneath it there was a sign stating: "DIRECT LINE TO HEAVEN: 25 cents."
"Rabbi," 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 rabbi smiled and said, "You're in Israel now. It's a local call."
We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy.
The amount of work is the same. – Carlos Casteneda
Now around the world people love to put up signs and warnings but every now and then I see the odd one that really disturbs me, eg.
SECURITY GUARDS ARE OPERATING
IN AND AROUND THESE PREMISES
24 HOURS DAILY
Now I have a big problem with this informatin as it is posted all around the grounds of my local hospital.
I honestly thought that only these chaps…
..are supposed to deal with operations anywhere on the premises!
Or is really true that the health service are really struggling that much!
These are some of the quotes I have heard from friends, ministers and employers over the years that continually come back to me time and time again.
"Work is the meat of life and pleasure is the desert."
"Two people cannot hate each other if they profess to love God."
"The greatest and noblest pleasure one can have, is to discover new truths, the second is to shake off old prejudices."
"Some people seem to derive a lot of pleasure from being shocked at other people's sins"
"People who's main concern is their own happiness seldom find it"
"It's pretty hard to tell, looking at non-believers what brings them happiness.. wealth and poverty have both failed."
"Money can bring some pleasure, but only to those who find pleasure in earning it.."
"It's true money cannot buy happiness…well not at today's prices"
Sign on the entrance gate of a convent in Southern California:
ABSOLUTELY NO TRESPASSING
VIOLATORS WILL BE PROSECUTED
TO THE FULL EXTENT OF THE LAW
Sisters of Mercy
I often wonder what signs we give off in our daily lives, warm and inviting, or just distant, cold and unfeeling.