Joe Paprocki has an excellent series of catechetically-oriented books, including Living the Mass, The Bible Blueprint, and The Catechist’s Toolbox. In his most recent book, Practice Makes Catholic – Moving from a Learned Faith to a Lived Faith, Joe lightens things up along the way with a series of cartoons and jokes. You may well have heard this one before, but I share it with you anyway as it is my favorite:
A middle-aged man was upset because had lost his favorite hat. He was too cheap to buy a new one, so he decided to go to church and steal one from the coat room while the ushers were busy taking up the collection.
It just so happened that the pastor was preaching on the Ten Commandments that day and, after listening to the homily, the man changed his mind about stealing a hat.
After Mass, the man met the pastor at the door and said, “Thanks, Father, for saving my soul today. I came to church today to steal a hat but after hearing you preach about the Ten Commandments, I decided against it. The priest answered, “Ah, so what I said about the 7th Commandment – You shall not steal – helped you have a change of heart?”
“No,” responded the man, “when you started talking about the 6th Commandment – You shall not commit adultery – I suddenly remembered where I left my hat.”