Lonely hearts

September 12, 2006

An intriguing Lonely Hearts ad in this morning’s Daily Mirror.
“Middle ranking civil servant, single, Catholic, 43-years-old, immaculate past, from the countryside, is seeking a good Catholic pure girl, who can cook well, and who can do all housework, who is also capable of sewing and a good homemaker in order to marry at the soonest opportunity.
Personal fortune would be desirable but is not however a precondition. Offers, if possible with picture, to box number 734.”

Turns out this was how the Pope’s father met his wife.
The pontiff was “touched” by the story, saying it reminded him of the words of theologian Albert Schweitzer: “Coincidence is the pseudonym dear God chooses when he wants to remain incognito.”
Must have missed something here. Not being a theologian, I can’t see what the coincidence is here, unless everything that happens… oh never mind.

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