Laugh Yourself Healthy
Today is the last day of the year 2006. And
perhaps one question we need to ask is whether
we have laughed enough! God is working hard
to make us happy. He enjoys seeing us amused!
Laughter is linked with love. It is the closest
distance between two people.
Laughter also allows us to step back from
life, deal with it and the move on. By definition,
laughter is healthy. Total absence of humor
renders life impossible to live.
The real Church is full of mirth! "Why
is it necessary to be quiet in Church?"
The mother asked her daughter. The answer
was uncomplicated, "Because people are
sleeping!!" Father Rudy in Asan has
an enlarged cartoon on his desk which always
makes me smile when I see it. Two haggard
guys are commenting, "Some people I
see in Church only for christenings, weddings
and funerals" And the other answers
back with a big grin "Yeah... To hatch,
match and dispatch…"
Prayer is full of fun. A four year old was
heard praying, "And forgive us our trash
baskets as we forgive those who put trash
in our baskets!"
Even funerals can acquire a dimension of
joy. The husband was not really a nice guy
and when he died, while looking at the casket,
the priest consoled the wife saying… "What
you see here is the husk, the nut is gone!"
Catechism can be an enjoyable affair. The
teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments
with her five and six years old. After explaining
the commandment 'Honor thy father and mother',
she asked, "Is there a commandment that
teaches us how to treat our brothers and
sisters?" Without missing a beat, one
boy answered, "Thou shall not kill"!
Family life can be replete with laughter.
She was watching her mother doing the dishes
at the kitchen sink. "Mum, why is it
that some of your hair is white?" Trying
to convey a moral lesson, the mother answered,
"Well, every time you do something wrong
and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs
turns white." The little girl thought
about this disclosure and then said "Mom,
how comes ALL of grandma's hairs are white?"
The American humorist and writer Mark Twain
once remarked that "The human race has
only one really effective weapon and that
The children were lined up in the cafeteria
of a religious elementary school. At the
head of the table was a large pile of apples.
The nun had made a note and posted it on
the apple tray. It said 'Take only ONE. God
is watching.' Moving further along the lunch
line, at the end of the table was a large
pile of chocolate chip cookies. A kid had
scribbled a note in his clumsy handwriting,
'Take all you want. God is watching the apples!'
The Bible can be a good starting point for
hilarity. After the fall in the Garden of
Eden, Adam was walking with his sons Cain
and Abel. They passed by the ruins of the
Garden of Eden. One of the boys asked, "What's
that?" Adam replies, "Boys that's
where your mother ate us out of house and
God is sharp! This man had the opportunity
to speak with God. "What is a million
years like to you?" God answered, "Like
one second, son." "What is a million
dollars like to you?" And again God,
"Like one cent." The man jumped
at this answer, "Can I have a cent?"
And God with his gigantic divine smile, replied,
"Just a second."
An ecumenical and historical joke! Every
year, just before Easter, the Chief Rabbi
in Rome goes to the Vatican and presents
a tattered envelope to the Pope. The Pope
inspects the envelope, shakes his head, and
hands it back to the Chief Rabbi, who then
departs. This has been going on for two thousand
years. One year it happened that there was
a new Pope and a new Chief Rabbi. Both of
them were following the instructions of their
predecessors but then the discussion arose
why this ritual and what could be in this
envelope. So they jointly decided to open
the envelope. This they did… slowly and reverentially.
Do you know what they found? The caterer's
bill for the Last Supper!
Happy New Year 2007. And remind yourself
that the most wasted of all days is the one
without laughter. So let us laugh often…
dream big… and reach for the stars! Meet
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