Thursday, 30 July 2009

Guardian angels: bad at their jobs

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Yes, it's too easy, but this quote from the Pope regarding his recent wrist-breaking tumble is just too good to not share. It comes, as do most Pope stories, via God Trumps creator Christina Martin:
"Perhaps the Lord wanted to teach me more patience and humility, give me more time for prayer and meditation. Unfortunately, my own guardian angel did not prevent my injury, certainly following superior orders."
Okay, so he's probably joking, but we love the idea of God handing the Pope, his 82-year-old representative on Earth, a lesson by breaking his wrist. Even by the standards of the Old Testament, that's vindictive. Did he owe him money or something?

10 comments:

Cubik's Rube said...

Is it very tasteless to notice that he's holding his arm in a rather unfortunate position, given a certain Youth party of which he may once have been a member?

I was rather baffled by: The pope thanked law enforcement officials for being "like angels". Does this mean that they helped him learn even more patience and humility, by letting him injure himself without intervening, under orders from their super-intendent?

Anonymous said...

@Cubik That's rather foolish. He obviously has both hands raised as popes often do.

Joe Hayhurst said...

I would have thought it would be obvious that being religious and pious has either a negligible effect or is actually bad for you.

Since my girlfriend
(a Christian) started reading a self-help book called 'The Secret' which is a load of mumbo-jumbo about how you can channel the 'Law of Attraction' in the universe to make good things happen to you, she lost her job and got dumped.

Some help.

Anonymous said...

A year or so ago a German bishop (I think it was Mixa) had a cycling accident and joket that he went too fast for his guardian angel. This was a reference to a car sticker saying "Don't drive faster than your guardian angel!"

Nick Murray said...

I love that he condones science and all that falls under its umbrella when it aids in healing his wounds, but condemns it when it disproves his crackpot theories.

M. Tully said...

Nick,

There is an important and yet oft unstated truth in your comment; Physics trumps magic every single time!

Editor said...

With that kind of philosophy it is no small wonder how the Catholic church comes up with church names like "Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrows and Misery."

Anonymous said...

"we love the idea of God handing the Pope, his 82-year-old representative on Earth, a lesson by breaking his wrist. Even by the standards of the Old Testament, that's vindictive. Did he owe him money or something?"

No, if he owed God money, he would have had his kneecaps broken.

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