A man was telling his friend about the time not long ago when the people of the world had become so corrupt and immoral and degenerate and faithless, and conditions had become so intolerable, that St. Peter was alarmed. He discussed the people’s lack of faith with the Archangel Gabriel. “Perhaps we should send another flood to earth,” he said, “or even let the people destroy themselves with nuclear bombs.”
Gabriel admitted that this might be necessary, but he did suggest, “According to your own statement, Peter, only about 70% of the population are unregenerate sinners, and the other 30% are righteous and trying hard to improve conditions.”
“Since this 30% are righteous, and since they are right down in the thick of it all,” continued Gabriel, “they might have some ideas that have not occurred to us. Why don’t you write to them and see what suggestions they might have?”
St. Peter agreed this was a good idea, so he composed a letter which…
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