Religion: School Exam Howlers – Enjoy!

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Time for some fun!  It’s a while since we ran a joke thread, so here’s the next best thing – exam howlers, especially religion exam howlers, which can be hilarious.  Like this one: The seventh commandment is “Thou shall not admit adultery”.

However, feel free to post exam howlers from other school subjects if you wish, responses from pupils in class, and simple, straightforward jokes of the good clean fun variety. 

For the straight-laced among us there are other threads on the sidebar, but for those of us yearning for a break, this one is to enjoy!  

Happy Hogmanay… & New Year!

A wee touch of Scotland to mark Hogmanay – New Year’s Eve.   

I did try to find some videos of humour with a Scottish flavour but, as a native born Scot, I’m ashamed to say that every single video I tried contained crudity to a greater or lesser extent – no good clean fun at all, so, while there were some hilarious one-liners in them, especially the Rev I.M. Jolly videos, none are suitable for posting here.  I then turned to videos of the old White Heather Club shows to recreate some of the national song and dance fun from those years, before pop bands took over Hogmanay and ruined it, but they’re all too lengthy, or so I thought – if anyone disagrees, feel free to post them.  

This is just to allow some light relief as we approach the New Year – which promises to be a very interesting year indeed, to say the least.  So, share your jokes and stories, songs etc. I have a  story about the Alexander Brothers featured in the video above, from my days in the Legion of Mary, but will keep it for the comment box.  What, I hear you ask, does the Legion of Mary have to do with the Alexander Brothers? Keep guessing! 

2016: What Kind Of Year Lies Ahead?

As we approach the end of 2015, and await the midnight bells to welcome in the new year, it might be helpful to reflect on the usefulness (or otherwise) of making new year resolutions.  Here are some thoughts to kick start the discussion (and jokes are welcome, as well, always in the category of “good clean fun”)    happy-new-year-animated-gifs-images

A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.

My New Year’s resolution is to stop hanging out with people who ask me about my New Year’s resolutions.

 If 2015 was a person, I’d sue him for pain and suffering and lost wages.

I have only one resolution. To rediscover the difference between wants and needs. May I have all I need and want all I have. Happy New Year!

Finally… Alongside reflecting on our new year’s resolutions (if any), and sharing some fun stories and jokes,  if you’re in a more serious mood, be a spoilsport, feel free to share your thoughts on  what it is that you would most want to see happen in 2016 in both the world and the Church.  Over to thee!  

Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel…

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On July 16, 1251, Our Lady appeared to St. Simon Stock, the Father of the Carmelite Order, and presented him with the Scapular. St. Simon’s story began as an English hermit that lived in the hollow of a tree. He received the name “stock” because he lived in the hollowed trunk or stock of a tree. In time he would become a Carmelite and later the Father General of the order. He led the order during a time of great struggle. The Carmelites in the beginning were hermits on Mount Carmel, near Nazareth in the Holy Land. When they migrated to Europe, in this case England, some decided to no longer be hermits and instead became friars who would work among the people. St. Simon guided them through this state of transition. In the year 1251 a miraculous vision took place. St. Simon Stock, newly transplanted to England, prayed fervently to Our Lady for Her help. Then: To him appeared the Blessed Virgin with a multitude of angels, holding the Scapular of the order in her blessed hands. Click here to read more

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This thread is firstly, of course, to pay tribute to Our Lady of Mount Carmel – one of the most beautiful of Our Lady’s Feasts, since it celebrates, too, the Order of Carmelites, often described as “Our Lady’s Order”.  Carmelite nuns are especially committed to praying for priests, so we ought to value them for that reason alone, if for no other.  Carmelites will be celebrating today, having plenty of goodies to eat and enjoying fun recreations. We may also, therefore, use this thread, not only to share our favourite prayers, litanies and hymns in Our Lady’s honour, but also  to share (good clean) jokes and stories – let’s feel free to set aside the serious stuff today and enjoy the Feast. Happy Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to one and all 😀