NOTE: This article is a reprint from Catholic Roads.


Herman was still badly shaken when he entered the front door. Only minutes earlier, Monsignor had caught him stealing the Gouda again down at the Chucktown Cathedral. It nearly ended in disaster. 

The little, orange mouse had quickly sought a safe place where he could find a few words of comfort and wisdom. He had raced down to the Catholic bookstore where Sr. Linda was on duty at the counter to greet the souls who wandered in. 


The Bible has a lot to say about friendship. It says that a friend loves his friends at all times, not just when it’s easy to be a friend (Prov 17:17). In fact, friendship and brotherhood are made for adversity. It is in the difficult times that their strength and power come to the surface.


The Bible verse above really makes no sense in our story unless you understand that Bishop Bob was at the table eating Gouda with Herman when Monsignor entered the Cathedral kitchen. Had Herman stayed around long enough, he would have heard his best friend, the bishop, diffuse the difficult situation. 

Bishop Bob wasn’t “stealing” the Gouda with Herman. It was the bishop who had actually purchased the cheese and put it in the refrigerator. As it so often happens when we criticize or accuse others, Herman did not have the full story. The good news is, he knew enough to recognize that Bishop Bob was a true friend. In fact, the little mouse referred to him as a “co-conspirator.”

The life lesson in this little porch story is that friends do not abandon their friends. We are all in this thing we call “life” together. The bonds of love and respect are what make family and friends so special.


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

In Christ.

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