Inspirational Christian Stories and Poems Archive

Prayer of the Frog

"Prisoner at the bar", said the Grand Inquisitor, "you have been charged with encouraging people to break with the laws, traditions and customs of our holy religion. How do you plead?"

"Guilty, Your Honour"

"And with frequenting the company of heretics, prostitutes, public sinners, the extortionist tax-collectors, the colonial conquerors of our nation - in short, the ex-communicated. How do you plead?"

"Guilty, Your Honour"

"Finally, you are charged with revising, correcting, calling into question he sacred tenets of our faith. How do you plead?"

"Guilty, Your Honour"

"What is your name, prisoner?"

"Jesus Christ, Your Honour"

(Some people are just as alarmed to see their religion practised as they are to hear it doubted.)

- Fr Anthony de Mello's Prayer of the Frog