Title: It’s All in How You Say It

A Catholic priest wrote a letter to his Bishop:

Excellency, is it be permissible for me to smoke cigarettes while I pray?”

And in a few days the Bishop responded:

“Father, I think it would be disrespectful to smoke while praying and think it would be better if you did not do so.”

In a few more days, the Bishop received another note:

“Excellency, would it be permissible to pray while smoking?

The Bishop said “Yes”.


Sometimes getting what you want is more dependent on HOW you say something, instead of what you actually say.

Robert Jorrie