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A Riddle that Tickled my Funny Bone

October 9, 2014

Fr. William Grimm, a Maryknoll priest in Japan, framed an essay about Pope Francis with a riddle that set me laughing and that I have to share:

Q:  What are the three things God does not know?

A:  1) How wealthy are the Franciscans?

2) How many communities of religious sisters are there in the world?

3) What will the Jesuits do next?

In the spirit of the joke, please feel free to suggest alternative things that “God does not know”.


  1. Paul permalink
    October 9, 2014 2:15 pm

    2.No one
    3.When the last day and hour will be.

  2. Mark VA permalink
    October 10, 2014 3:51 am

    Ha! So you do have a funny bone!

    Then in the spirit of the jest, let me up the ante:

    (a) let us make the whole thing rhyme, and
    (b) let us describe at least one of those things by a non-English word.

    If you all can…

  3. Mark VA permalink
    October 22, 2014 8:34 pm

    Crickets, crickets, frogs and owls, gusts of wind with far-off howls …

    God cannot know what He chooses to forget,
    Or know of the payment, if we repent the debt,
    Nor can He know us with a spirit of malaise,
    Or know us not, when given thanks and praise.

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