“A Franciscan, a Dominican, and a Jesuit go on a fishing cruise. . . “
As told by Father Jim Martin, S.J.:
A tip of the ol’ biretta to the dotMagis blog
Three priests, a Dominican, a Franciscan, and a Jesuit, were in the same hospice. All were near death. One evening, the Angel of Death appeared before them and informed them that it was their time. He said, however, that each could have a final request before accompanying him from this world.
The Dominican went first and he asked to gaze upon the face of his Savior. In an instant the face of Christ appeared before him. He was satisfied and felt he could die with no regrets.
The Franciscan was next. He asked to touch the wounds in the hands and feet of Jesus before he died. No sooner than Christ appeared and invited him, as he did Thomas, to examine His wounds. The dying priest touched Christ’s hands and feet, wept with joy and was content and at peace.
Finally the Angel of Death turned to the Jesuit and asked his final request.
Without hesitation the Jesuit replied: “I’d like a second opinion.”
One day several weeks later, a magic lamp washes up on the shore. While out on their morning forage, the three priests find it. After some discussion, they decide to rub it.
Lo and behold, a genie appears in a puff of smoke. In exchange for his freedom, he offers them three wishes. They decided it was only fair that they could each have one wish.
The Jesuit said he wanted to teach at the world’s most famous university, and poof, he was gone!
The Dominican wished to preach in the world’s largest church, and poof, he was gone!
Then the Carthusian says, “Gee, I already got my wish!”
Q. What do the Jesuits and Dominicans have in common?
Well, they were both founded by Spaniards, St. Dominic Guzman for the Dominicans, and St. Ignatius Loyola for the Jesuits. They were also both founded to combat heresy: the Dominicans to fight the Albigensians, and the Jesuits to fight the Protestants.
Q. What is different about the Jesuits and Dominicans?
Well, have you met any Albigensians lately?