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Humor: Just for the Fun of It

I know it’s Lent. I know this is a somber season in the liturgical year. But I also know that Jesus said, “When you fast do not look gloomy” (Mt. 6:1). So today’s reflection is dedicated to humor. When I give talks or retreats, I always say: Hang on to your sense of humor. It will get you through the tough times in life. It will also make the easy times more fun!

So here are some bits of humor. I want to thank Sr. Madeleine, OSB, from Alabama for many of these. She and I had a bet on the Alabama-Ohio St. football game a while back. The loser (that was Madeleine) had to send the winner (that was me! Go, Buckeyes!) all kinds of cartoons and jokes…I hope these bring a smile to your Lenten face!

Just when I was getting used to yesterday, along came today.

I would be unstoppable, if I could just get started.

Hang on to your sense of humor--no matter what!
Hang on to your sense of humor–no matter what!

The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable.

If swimming is so good for your figure, how do you explain whales?

Everyone has a photographic memory. Some, like me, just don’t have any film.

You know you’re getting up in years when people call you at 9 pm and ask, “Did I wake you?”

Father to his first grade son: “What does your new teacher look like?” Son: “Just like my kindergarten teacher, only with a different head.”

As the little boy and his mother were riding down the escalator, the boy asked, “Mommy, what happens when the basement gets full of steps?”

First man: “How’s your wife?” Second man: “Compared to what?”

A cartoon showed a man dining at a fancy restaurant. Sitting across from him was a big stuffed teddy bear. Said the man to the waiter, “My last relationship was too complicated.”

Live so that you wouldn’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip. (Will Rogers)

My little son burst into the house and excitedly announced that he had won a prize in his first-grade class. After telling him how proud I was of him, I asked him what he had achieved. “I won,” he said, “for having the oldest mom in the whole class!”

I don’t panic when I get lost. I just change where I want to go. (Rita Rudner)

I didn't do it--honest!
I didn’t do it–honest!

I’ve gotta be me. Everyone else was taken.

If it weren’t for electricity, we’d be watching TV by candlelight. (George Gobel)

Some people are born on third base and they go through life thinking they hit a triple. (Barry Switzer)

A very shy man fell in love with a young woman. He thought she felt the same way towards him, but he lacked the courage to ask her out. Finally, he decided he would mail her a love letter every day for a year and then he would ask her out. He followed this plan faithfully, and at year’s end he was courageous enough to call her—only to discover she had married the letter carrier!

Sign over the scale at the doctor’s office: Pretend it’s your IQ.

Sign in a farm-equipment dealer’s repair shop: “We do three types of jobs—Cheap, Quick, and Good. You can have any two. A good job quick— won’t be cheap. A good job cheap—won’t be quick. And a cheap job quick—won’t be good.”

A pastor had a kitten that climbed up a tree and then was afraid to come down. The pastor coaxed, offered warm milk, etc., but the kitten wouldn’t come down. The tree wasn’t sturdy enough to climb, so the pastor decided to tie a rope to his car and tree and then pull it until the tree bent low enough that he could get the kitten. That’s what he did. But as he was pulling the tree down, the rope broke, the tree went “BOING!” and the kitten sailed through the air out of sight. The pastor felt terrible and walked the neighborhood asking people if they had seen the kitten. No one had. He prayed, “Lord, I commit that kitten to your keeping.”

laughing elderlyA few days later he was in the grocery store and met a parishioner. She, who always said she hated cats, had cat food in her cart. “Why are you buying cat food?” he asked. She said a few days before her little girl was begging her to get a kitten. So the woman finally said, “Well, if God gives you a cat, I’ll let you keep it.” She told the pastor, “I watched my child go out into the backyard, get down on her knees, and ask God for a kitten. And you won’t believe this, Pastor, but I saw it with my own eyes. A kitten suddenly came flying out of the blue sky, with its paws outspread, and landed right in front of her.”

Here’s a little song by the Okee Dokee Brothers, a duo from Minneapolis, MN who write bluegrass and children’s songs. This song is called “Out of Tune.” The video consists of clips that their fans sent in of children singing and dancing to their song. This song reminds me that life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful and fun! I think every time we laugh we experience that great truth.

Has your sense of humor been important in your life? Do you have any humor to share with us today?

PS: Last week WE reached a milestone with this blog. On Monday this blog had 1,166 hits! That’s the most hits this blog has ever had in a single day! I want to thank you for reading my blog and telling others about it. Now, I realize numbers aren’t everything. In fact, in scripture God seems to prefer the few and the least. And Jesus said feed my sheep–not count them! So I probably would write this blog even if only a handful of you read it…But still, thank you!

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17 Responses

  1. Love the humor reflection Sr. Melannie.

    Our dog Ernie brings humor and smiles into our life almost every day. His perplexed puggle look is priceless.


  2. How did you know? We have to put our kitty down after a long decline and our hearts are breaking. Your kitten in the tree story reminded us that not only people – but pets are sometimes put into our lives for a very specific purpose. And when their work is done we have to let them go. God bless all our beloved kitties here with us and the ones in heaven!

    1. I’m so grateful to have read this blog and your post at this time. I, too, am facing the impossible decision to help my beloved kitty, Oliver, cross over. Kidney failure came on very quickly; I didn’t see it coming. He came home from the vets yesterday where we are giving him all the love and comfort care we can. It is so hard to let him go. Karen, my prayers go out to your family and your kitty. Sr. Melannie, thank you for your always inspiring blog. It connected some of us in ways we didn’t expect this week. I take comfort in that. “God is good all the time.”

  3. Good morning, Sister Melannie,

    Thanks for bringing laughter into Lent. Currently, I am reading Between Heaven and Mirth written by James Martin, SJ. It is a wonderful book in which he explores “why joy, humor and laughter are at the heart of the spiritual life.”

    Happy Lent and stay warm. Joanne

  4. I love your blog and today’s posting has left me with a song in my heart to carry me through the week. Laughter is heart-warming and I’ve enjoyed every morsel of the humour you shared today. I’ve posted it on my Facebook page because “good things are meant to be shared.” Thank you, Sr. Melannie, for your ‘Happy Monday’ notes!

  5. Thank you Sr. Melannie! I am always drawn toward any written work that has the words Humor, Joy, Laughter, Fun, Silliness, etc. , in the title. I try to have a new one to tell our visiting Priest, Tom Manahan, SJ., who is such a great audience and laughs at everything. Thanks again and keep laughing! What a great gift God has given, ours for the taking.

  6. Aww…what a joy filled post, thank you!
    Your shared laughter will be on my heart and on my mind through out this day.

    Joy to you!

  7. Thanks for the humor and letting me know about the sale on your books! I do not have these three, but will in 5-7 business day!

  8. Loved the song & video! Gave me a light-hearted happy feeling that we should all have during Lent. Thank for giving me a smile today!

  9. I heard the following quote from Mark Twain the other day:
    “When you get to heaven don’t speak to St. Peter unless spoken to.
    You may ask for his autograph but do not ask to take a picture as hell is full of souls who did just that. Lastly leave your dog behind, as heaven is run on favor. If it was run on merit your dog would get in and you would be left out.”

  10. Funny you wrote about humor. Watched a movie with two others, they didn’t laugh but found myself laughing at one lines. Prayers before going to sleep I thanked God for laughter, for it felt so good. God certainly heard my prayers for during the night I woke myself up for I was laughing out loud and so hard that I had to go to the bathroom.
    Thank you for giving us more to laugh about.

  11. Sister you made my day. It is good to laugh and not take ourselves too seriously.

    You can add this one to your list.
    My husband and I taught the baptism class to our pre-school students. The teacher introduced us: “Boys and girls this is Deacon Ralph and Mrs. Bachner.” One of the students went home so excited to tell his parents that Deacon Ralph came to teach their baptism class and he brought his mother with him. 🙂

  12. I enjoyed this post…laughter is the best medicine! I read this in Father Scott Seethaler’s newsletter and thought it was clever:
    translating what happens in church to football terminology:
    BLOCKING: talking endlessly with the priest at the church door which keeps everyone from exiting
    END ZONE: the pews
    EXTRA POINT: what you get when you tell the priest his sermon was too short
    ILLEGAL MOTION: leaving before Mass ends
    INTERFERENCE: talking in church while others are trying to pray
    QUARTERBACK SNEAK: people entering church five minutes after Mass begins

  13. I just opened your Lenten site and enjoyed the humor and music. thank you for a closing prayer at the end of the day.

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