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A priest, a Pentecostal preacher and a Rabbi all served as chaplains to the

students of Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

They would get together two or three times a week for coffee and to talk shop.

One day, someone made the comment that preaching to people isn't really

all that hard. A real challenge would be to preach to a bear.

One thing led to another and they decided to do an experiment They would

all go out into the woods, find a bear, preach to it, and attempt to

convert it.

Seven days later, they're all together to discuss the experience.

Father Flannery, who has his arm in a sling, is on crutches, and has

various bandages, goes first. Well," he says, "I went into the woods to

find me a bear. And when I found him I began to read to him from

the Catechism. Well, that bear wanted nothing to do with me and began to

slap me around. So I quickly grabbed my holy water, sprinkled him and,

Holy Mary Mother of God, he became as gentle a lamb. The bishop is coming

out next week to give him first communion and confirmation."

Reverend Billy Bob spoke next. He was in a wheelchair, with an arm and

both legs in casts, and an IV drip. In his best fire and brimstone oratory

he claimed, " WELL brothers, you KNOW that we don't sprinkle! I went out

and I FOUND me a bear. And then I began to read to my bear from God's HOLY

WORD! But that bear wanted nothing to do with me. So I took HOLD of him

and we began to wrestle. We wrestled down one hill, UP another and DOWN

another until we came to a creek. So I quick DUNKED him and BAPTIZED his

hairy soul. And just like you said, he became as gentle as a lamb. We

spent the rest of the praising Jesus."

They both looked down at the rabbi, who was lying in a hospital bed. He

was in a body cast and traction with IV's and monitors running in and out

of him. He was in bad shape.

The rabbi looks up and says, "Looking back on it, circumcision may not

have been the best way to start things out with my bear".

A foreign movie can't be stupid.

-from the film

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