Thursday, July 07, 2005

Lorenzo: Patron of Bad Jokes

So they say that when they were putting St Lorenzo on the Grill, so that he could offer witness with his life, he said to his tormentors: "Turn me over--I'm done on this side!"

He may have: but if he didn't, he should have. The saints always had good humour. They were, as Chesterton noted, full of levity. Satan, however, fell by the force of gravity.

A similar point is made by Hans Urs von Balthasar toward the end of his The Office of Peter and the Structure of the Church--that the saints, amongst other notes, could be noted by their humour.


Anonymous said...

what a good looking photo!

Br. Dominic Legge said...

I imagine this explains a deep dimension of the Lorenzo sense of humor. How could I forget this Perry Lorenzo gem, circa 1987?

"So the man said to his wife with a wooden leg, 'Peg . . . .'"

Perry Lorenzo said...

"How's tricks?"

"Well, can't kick!"