A businessman was in a great deal of trouble. His
business was failing, he had put everything he had
into the business, he owed everybody-- it was so
bad he was even contemplating suicide. As a last
resort he went to a priest and poured out his
story of tears and woe.
When he had
finished, the priest said, "Here�s what I want
you to do: Put a beach chair and your Bible in
your car and drive down to the beach. Take the
beach chair and the Bible to the water�s edge, sit
down in the beach chair, and put the Bible in your
lap. Open the Bible; the wind will rifle the
pages, but finally the open Bible will come to
rest on a page. Look down at the page and read the
first thing you see. That will be your answer,
that will tell you what to do."
later the businessman went back to the priest and
brought his wife and children with him. The man
was in a new custom-tailored suit, his wife in a
mink coat, the children shining. The businessman
pulled an envelope stuffed with money out of his
pocket, gave it to the priest as a donation in
thanks for his advice.
recognized the benefactor, and was curious.
"You did as I suggested?" he