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Monday, September 01, 2008

A future full of hope

Let's face it: it's quite likely that some day you will be dead.

In fact, there's a good chance you will be dead for many, many days, before the Last Day.

And people have found that, if they have to be dead, they can't do much better than to have Dominican nuns praying for them.

Here's your chance to have Dominican nuns pray for you when you're dead.

The Dominican Nuns of Summit, New Jersey, are looking to raise -- well, seven million dollars would build them the monastery of their dreams (which, though they don't mention it, probably includes a creamery so they can make fresh ice cream on those days they're permitted to have fun).

But you don't go to heaven with the monastery you want, you go to heaven with the monastery you have, and the monastery the Summit Dominicans have is in need of about $500,000 in renovations. An additional million dollars would let them establish an endowment to pay for the daily upkeep.

Now, far be it from me to promise that, if you send a few dollars their way, you'll whisk through purgatory so fast your ears will ring. (Dominicans have learned the hard way about promises like that.)

But hope is a virtue, is all I'm saying.