A Story I Would Never Tell In Church

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A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. What food might this contain?’ The mouse wondered – he was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.

Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the news:
‘There is a mousetrap in the house!
There is a mousetrap in the house’
The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, ‘Mr.Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me.I cannot be bothered by it.’

The mouse turned to the pig and told him,
‘There is a mousetrap in the house!
There is a mousetrap in the house!’
The pig sympathized, but said, I am so very sorry, Mr.Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers.’

The mouse turned to the cow and said ‘There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!’
The cow said, ‘Wow, Mr. Mouse. I’m sorry for you, but it’s no skin off my nose.’ So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap alone.

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house —
like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake bit the farmer’s wife.

The farmer rushed her to the hospital,and she returned home with a fever. Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main ingredient.

But his wife’s sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.

The farmer’s wife did not get well; she died. So many people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered
to provide enough meat for all of them. The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness.

So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn’t concern you, remember — when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another.

[QUIZ: When I first read this and when I shared it with my sister-in-law Karen, we both immediately thought of the same quotation. There will be a $1.11 prize to the first person who guesses the right quotation, looks it up because most of us can’t remember it, and posts it on the blog.]

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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5 Responses to A Story I Would Never Tell In Church

  1. When the Nazis came for the communists,
    I remained silent;
    I was not a communist.

    When they locked up the social democrats,
    I remained silent;
    I was not a social democrat.

    When they came for the trade unionists,
    I did not speak out;
    I was not a trade unionist.

    When they came for the Jews,
    I remained silent;
    I wasn’t a Jew.

    When they came for me,
    there was no one left to speak out.

    –Pastor Martin Niemoller

    • Paul Wharton says:

      Bingo! There are several different versions of the quote, and they all make the same point as the story.

      I wonder if anyone thought of John Donne. I’ll get around to posting it one of these days.

  2. Here’s one I like:

    “If you build a better mouse trap you’ll catch better mice.” George Gobel

    If I win the $1.11 prize, please put it in the church collection basket.

  3. CAROLYN GIPSON says:

    United we stand, divided we fall. Carolyn Gipson

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