Formed Or Not

To be continued …


The events in this story are true, except for the parts that have been added for the sake of interest. They occurred not very long ago, soon after Bishop Bob commissioned Herman as the new Cathedral mouse. It was a remarkable event because, as near as anyone alive could remember, it had been about 200 years since the Diocese of Chucktown had last commissioned a Cathedral mouse.

The bishop had a big problem on his hands. Like any good leader, he felt responsible for Herman’s formation and development. He wanted his new protege to succeed, of course. And he wanted Herman to glorify God too. But his fondest wish for the robust, rodent was to become a person who magnified the beauty of the Church and made the whole diocese proud of their Cathedral.

For many years, the bishop had ushered converts and children into the Church, and formed great men of faith. But this was a completely different situation. Bishop Bob had no idea how to form a Cathedral mouse. The truth is, while he was familiar with the Cathedral mouse tradition, he had no idea what a Cathedral mouse even did. If there ever was a book on evangelizing, forming, and catechizing rodents, it had long since disappeared from the Cathedral’s bookshelves.

After much prayer and deliberation, Bishop Bob decided to do what any bewildered bishop would do — found the nearest community of nuns and sought their help. He headed down King Street to a bookstore in the historic part of Chucktown to talk with the world renowned media nuns.


The Bible tells us that, when God’s people seek His help, He will always be there for us (Isa 41:17). When we are thirsty, He will provide water to refresh us.

God is sufficient. He loves us and will meet all our needs.


In today’s story, it looks like God will somehow use the media nuns to respond to Bishop Bob’s prayers for Herman’s formation. The old bishop is fine with because he knows that those things that sometimes appear to be nonsense to the world can often be resolved with a little bit of “nun sense.” Or as Herman likes to say, everyday wisdom resides in “uncommon sense.”

As Bishop Bob prepared to enter the bookstore, he could see two nuns at the counter as if they were preparing to share the Gospel with all who entered. The little nun pointed at the door. Bishop Bob was sure she had seen him coming. As he pushed the door open, he was reminded of a promise God made to us. He who began a good work in Bishop Bob and Herman will be faithful to complete it (Phil 1:6).


It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B!


That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. But we’re not quite finished with the story. We’ll add more cartoon panels over the next couple of days. We can’t wait to see how God unfolds His plan, but it appears as if Sr. Charlie, the sister superior, and the media nuns will play some role in it.

If you want to see the short story in how Herman Nootks became the Cathedral mouse, click HERE.

In Christ.

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