This Christmastide has proven humorous on many fronts. As noted in my previous post, I got a great chuckle out of being asked by the Jewish lady in line behind me what I knew "about Hanukkah?' after wishing her "Happy Hanukkah." I guess I was do to be on the butt end of some Holiday wit.
Our office does an annual Christmas party, no - not a Holiday party - but a Christmas party. As part of the festivities we each draw a number from a bag and are asked to buy a gift for $10 or under for a colleague. many people put down suggestions, and the name I drew wanted a gift certificate at a bookstore, preferably Berean books - a Christian bookstore.
Great I thought. I had never been to Berean Books, but here in Fresno it is quite a large store so I thought I'd have a look around, maybe even pick up a few other Christmas gifts.
They are a great bookstore. Obviously Protestant, but a wide wide wide selection. They even had a small section for we Papists, with crucifixes, etc....
As I searched the book aisles i thought I should get a new copy of the Confessions by Saint Augustine. My copy is old, as is the translation, and I thought what could be better than starting 2009 out than with a new copy of his saintly work.
Being a "neophyte" I went up to a sales counter/reference desk and asked the clerk:
"Where would I find the Confessions by Saint Augustine?"
"We don't have it."
In shock (and a bit of Papist pride) I retorted -
"In a book store this size you don't have a single copy of
the Confessions of Saint Augustine?"
With a broad smile the clerk responded -
"Oh, we don't have anything by Saint Augustine,
but we do carry a copy of the Confessions
by Augustine of Hippo."
Thinking to myself "well what's good for the goose is good for the gander" I smiled and responded "that would be fine."
HAPPY TO REPORT THAT ECUMENICAL HUMOR IS ALIVE AND WELL IN FRESNO THIS CHRISTMASTIDE!