John Smith was the only Protestant to move into a large Catholic
neighborhood. On the first Friday of Lent, John was outside grilling
a big juicy steak on his grill. Meanwhile, all of his neighbors
were eating cold tuna fish for supper. This went on each Friday of
Lent. On the last Friday of Lent, the neighborhood men got together
and decided that something had to be done about John, he was
tempting them to eat meat each Friday of Lent, and they couldn’t
take it anymore. They decided to try and convert John to be a

They went over and talked to him and were so happy that he decided
to join all of his neighbors and become a Catholic. They took him
to Church, and the Priest sprinkled some water over him, and
said, “You were born a Baptist, you were raised a Baptist, and now
you are a Catholic.”

The men were so relieved, now their biggest Lenten temptation was

The next year’s Lenten season rolled around. The first Friday of
Lent came, and just at supper time, when the neighborhood was
setting down to their tuna fish dinner, came the wafting smell of
steak cooking on a grill. The neighborhood men could not believe
their noses! WHAT WAS GOING ON?

They called each other up and decided to meet over in John’s yard to
see if he had forgotten it was the first Friday of Lent. The group
arrived just in time to see John standing over his grill with a
small pitcher of water. He was sprinkling some water over his steak
on the grill, saying, “You were born a cow, you were raised a cow,
and now you are a fish.”