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Please, just a single cup of coffee!

Laraine Bennett

I was jet lagged and had attended both morning prayers and Mass—all without a single cup of coffee. The moment the final blessing was intoned, I made a beeline to the cafeteria, taking care not to knock over elderly religious en route.

A large, round brother stood between me and the coffee maker. I veered left. He veered right, smiling beatifically. I leaned slightly to the right. He mirrored my move.

“Are you guarding the coffee?” I asked, incredulous.

“Yes,” he beamed. “I am Brother Alphonsus. If you take it now, it will be very strong.”

“That’s the way I like it,” I faked left, went right. He anticipated my move.

“If you get the strong coffee,” Brother explained, “someone will get stuck with very weak coffee.”

I tried another tactic. “Let’s you and I snag some good, strong coffee and not worry about the others.”

“Well, I’ve been on the receiving end too many times, and I don’t want it to happen to anyone else.”

I sighed. “So, you’re saying that you are laying down your life for the good of all.”

“That’s right,” Brother Alphonsus beamed.

Topics: Meditations

Laraine Bennett co-authored, with her husband Art, The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse and The Temperament God Gave You, published by Sophia Institute Press. Their new book, The Emotions God Gave You, is due Spring 2011. Please visit their website at

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