Coconuts and Freedom


Fr. Bill was finally able to take a long-awaited vacation. He really loved Pawleys Island, between the Grand Strand and Charleston. But on this visit, he would learn a lesson he would not soon forget.

Soon after arriving and getting checked in, Fr. Bill headed for the sand and the water. Immediately, he could feel the stress washing away from him.

“Ah!” he thought quietly. “Peace. Relaxation. Quiet time for prayer and reading!” As he began to consider all the possibilities for the days ahead, he spied a wonderful Palmetto Tree. It was the state tree in South Carolina, and a lovely tree it was.

In a moment of euphoria, Fr. Bill raced to it like a little boy going out for recess. He was about to climb that beautiful Palmetto Tree and harvest a fresh coconut.

In the Bible

The Bible shares a wonderful secret with those whose heart will listen. It says that we will know the truth, and the truth will set us free (Jn 8:32).

Truth is a powerful force for freedom.


Of course, it did not take Fr. Bill long to discover the truth about Palmetto Trees and coconuts. Coconuts do not come from Palmetto Trees. They come from coconut trees.

Forty feet above the sand, Fr. Bill realized this truth. As he did, he also saw that God was sharing with him an amazing view of the ocean and the beach. The priest was alone with God 40 feet above the very place where the ocean meets the land.

Free to relax and enjoy time with his Lord, Fr. Bill no longer concerned himself with coconuts. He had found his peace in truth.


That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B!

In Christ.

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