“However, we hope for something we have not yet seen, and we patiently wait for it. In certain ways we are weak, but the Spirit is here to help us. For example, when we don’t know what to pray for, the Spirit prays for us in ways that cannot be put into words. All of our thoughts are known to God. He can understand what is in the mind of the Spirit, as the Spirit prays for God’s people.” ~ Romans 8: 25-27
A wealthy American was being shown around the Vatican while the Pope was away. He was taken into the Pope’s private apartment. On the Pontiff’s desk he noticed a gold telephone and was told that it was a direct line to God. When he asked if he could use it he was told that it would cost him one-half million dollars. He didn’t make the call.
On his way home to America, he stopped in Ireland and visited the parish where his ancestors came from. When he stopped by to see the Pastor and check the parish registers, he noticed that the Pastor also had a golden telephone on his desk. Again he was told that it was a direct line to God. When he asked how much a call would cost he was told it would cost him 12 pennies for three minutes. The stunned American said they wanted to charge him a half million dollars in the Vatican!
“Yes” said the priest, “but over here it is just a local call.”