showed up at Mass one Sunday and the priest almost fell
down when he saw him. Murphy had never been seen in church
in his life. After Mass, the priest caught Murphy at the
door and said, "Murphy, I am so glad you decided to
come to Mass. What made you come?"
Murphy said, "I got to be honest with
you Father. A while back, I lost my hat and I really, really
loved that hat. I know that McGlynn has one just like it
and I knew that McGlynn came to church every Sunday. I also
knew that McGlynn had to take off his hat during Mass and
I figured he would leave it in the back of church. So, I
was going to leave after the Communion and steal McGlynn's
The priest said, "Well, Murphy, I notice
that you didn't steal McGlynn's hat. What changed your mind?"
Murphy said, "Well, after I heard your sermon
on the 10 commandments, I decided that I didn't need to
steal McGlynn's hat."
The priest gave Murphy a big smile and said,
"So, after I talked about Thou Shalt Not Steal, you
decided you would rather do without a hat than burn in Hell,
Murphy shook his head and said, "No, Father.
After you talked about Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery, I
suddenly remembered where I left my hat."