nothing original

OK, I have nothing original to say today. I’m just copying stuff from other people.

First, a visit to Catholic Mom led me to this cartoon at Happy Catholic. Having recently met Catholic Mom, I have to agree that meeting people flushes out a character and adds a whole dimension that just can’t be obtained strictly online.

Then reading Happy Catholic’s postings from yesterday, June 6th, 2006, the dreaded day of the beast: 6/6/6, brought me to the comments written by TonyR which are too funny not to copy here:

666 Biblical Number of the Beast
660 Approximate Number of the Beast
DCLXVI Roman Numeral of the Beast
665 Number of the Beast’s Older Brother
667 Number of the Beast’s Younger Sister
668 Number of the Beast’s Neighbor
999 Number of the Australian Beast
333 Number of the Semi-Beast
66 Number of the Downsized Beast
6, uh… I forget Number of the Blond Beast
666.0000 Number of the High Precision Beast
665.9997856 Number of the Beast on a Pentium
00666 Zip Code of the Beast
666@hell.org E-mail Address of the Beast
http://www.666.com Website of the Beast
1-666-666-6666 Phone & FAX Number of the Beast
1-888-666-6666 Toll Free Number of the Beast
1-900-666-6666 Live Beasts, available now! One-on-one pacts! Only$6.66 per minute! [Must be over 18!]
666-66-6666 Social Security Number of the Beast
Form 10666 Special IRS Tax Forms for the Beast
IAM 666 License Plate Number of the Beast
Formula 666 All Purpose Cleaner of the Beast
66.6% Tax Rate of the Beast
6.66% 6-Year CD Interest Rate at First Beast Bank of Hell ($666 minimum deposit, $666 early withdrawal fee)
$666/hr Billing Rate of the Beast’s Lawyer
$665.95 Retail Price of the Beast
$710.36 Price of the Beast plus 6.66% Sales Tax
$769.95 Price of the Beast with accessories and replacement soul
$656.66 Wal-Mart Price of the Beast (next week $646.66!)
$55.50 Monthly Payments for Beast, in 12 easy installments

And since joking about the devil is pretty serious stuff, and some may feel that it’s just not very wise…in fact, I myself would not encourage such behavior in those of little faith…I simply must defend my levity with this:

If the Lord is powerful, as I see that He is and I know that He is, and if the devils are His slaves (and there is no doubt about this because it’s a matter of faith), what evil can they do to me since I am a servant of the Lord and King? Why shouldn’t I have the fortitude to engage in combat with all of hell?

– Saint Teresa of Avila

Of course, God knew Job could handle everything that Satan could throw at him, and Job got it all. Yes, he had faith. But he had a miserable, wretched life, too. I’ll just tread lightly here and not foolishly offer any obscene gestures in the direction of hell.

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