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A new young monk arrived at the monastery.

He was assigned to help the other monks in copying the old canons and laws of the church by hand. He noticed, however, that all of the monks were copying from copies, not from the original manuscript. Concerned, he went to the head abbot to question this, pointing out that if someone made even a small error in the first copy, it would never be picked up. In fact, that error would be continued in all of the subsequent copies.

The head monk replied, “We have been copying from the copies for centuries, but you make a good point, my son.”

So, the abbot went down into the dark caves underneath the monastery where the original manuscripts were held in a locked vault that hadn’t been opened for hundreds of years. Hours went by.

The young monk got worried and went downstairs to look for him. Finally, he found the old man sitting at a table with a dusty old manuscript spread before him, holding his head in his hands. He was weeping uncontrollably.

The young monk asked, “What is wrong, Father?”

“Look at the manuscript!” he bawled.

The monk did so. The particular document before him was on the marriage of priests. “Yes, Father? What have you found?”

With a choking voice, the old abbot whispered, “The word is ‘celebrate.’”

Posted 2019·10·11 by David Kjos
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