Boudreaux, the Cajun, finally goes to church

Boudreaux showed up at Mass one Sunday, and the priest almost fell down when he saw him. Boudreaux had never been seen in church in his life.

After Mass the priest caught up to Boudreaux and said, “Boudreaux, I am so glad you decided to come to Mass, but what made you come?”

Boudreaux said, “I got to be honest with you, Father; a while back I misplaced my hat, and I really, really love that hat. I know that Thibodeaux had one just like mine, and I knew that Thibodeaux came to church every Sunday. I also knew that Thibodeaux 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 Communion and steal Thibodeaux’s hat.”

The priest said, “Well, Boudreaux, I notice that you didn’t steal Thibodeaux’s hat. What changed your mind?”

Boudreaux said, “Well, after I heard your sermon on the 10 commandments, I decided that I didn’t need to steal Thibodeaux’s hat.”

The priest gave Boudreaux a big smile and said, “After I talked about ‘Thou Shalt Not Steal’ you decided you would rather do without your hat than burn in Hell, right?

Boudreaux shook his head and said, “No, Father, after you talked about ‘Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery,’ I remembered where I left my hat.

Vocabulary Help

  • a while back – algum tempo atrás
  • burn in hell – queimar no inferno
  • catch up (catch, caught, caught) – alcançar
  • change your mind – mudar de idéia
  • church – igreja
  • fall (fall, fell, fallen) – cair
  • glad – feliz, satisfeito
  • hat – chapéu
  • mass – missa
  • misplace – colocar em lugar errado
  • priest – padre
  • shake (shake, shook, shaken) – balançar
  • show up – aparecer
  • smile – sorriso
  • steal (steal, stole, stolen) – roubar
  • take off – tirar, remover