An Education, By George!

Teacher: “Once upon a time, between 480AD and 550AD, St Benedict, a wise, respected and holy man, wrote a prayer. It goes like this:

O gracious and holy father

Give us wisdom to perceive thee

Intelligence to understand thee

Diligence to seek thee

Patience to wait for thee

Eyes to behold thee I 

A heart to meditate upon thee

and a life to proclaim thee

through the power of the spirit

of Jesus Christ our lord Amen”

 

(pause)

 

Teacher: “George! If you’re going to be rude enough to whisper in class, please be courteous enough to share your words of wisdom with us all.”

Pupil: “Well Miss, I was just thinking. . .”

Teacher:”A traumatic event in your life George, yes we understand (general laughter) you were just thinking. . .?”

Pupil: “Well Miss, I was just thinking. If we need God to give us wisdom and those other capabilities, then if we don’t have those capabilities then it’s God’s fault; and therefore, people who do bad things, because they lack those God given attributes (wisdom, intelligence, patience etc.) even allowing for free will shouldn’t be blamed for their actions.”

Teacher: “Well done George. You have revealed the gaping chasm in St Benedict’s thinking; and what does that prove?”

Pupil: “I don’t know Miss”

Teacher: “It proves, George, that Holy people are as capable as anyone else of failing to adequately use their brain cells, and that spotty little boys who adequately use theirs, can still see me after class.”

Pupil (with a sigh): “Yes Miss”.

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