Religion: Devotions by the Dozen

A salesman carrying his sample case arrived at the gift shop of a Roman Catholic shrine and demonstrated "the hottest item this year": a picture of Jesus in a small plastic frame. By slightly moving the picture, the salesman explained, the bearded face of Jesus could be transformed into the beardless face of Our Lady. When the manager of the shop ordered some small plastic statues instead, the salesman wrote in his book: "6 dozen Him, 6 dozen Her."

In the national Catholic weekly, America, the shop's manager, who uses the pen name .Margaret Montgomery, tells of this and scores of...

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