EXACERBATING THE TRUTH ABOUT GOD
At SS. Peter and Paul our day started with prayers. We stood at attention in mass formation and began by making the sign of the cross, following the example of a nun. Precisely. God, we were informed, was omnipotent. Unlimited power demanded and deserved the utmost reverence and deference and left no room for a sloppily performed sign of the cross. An imprecise sign of the cross was an insult to God, punishable by a sudden crack on the head from monitoring nuns. Such punishment was to be received gratefully, otherwise retribution might come from God himself. The retribution of almighty God for a sloppily made sign of the cross was terrible. Only last year, we were solemnly assured, a lazy, irreverent, careless boy had made a sloppy sign of the cross while saying his nightly prayers. The good nuns, alas, were not present to crack him on the head and, as God was not one to let such…
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