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Monday, April 9, 2012


A young monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to helping the other monks in copying the old canons and laws of the church by hand.


He notices, however, that all the monks are copying from copies, not from the original manuscript. So, he goes to the head abbot to point out that if someone made even a small error in the first copy that error would be continued in all of the copies.


The head monk, says, "We have been copying from the copies for centuries, but you make a good point, my son."


He goes down to the caves underneath the monastery to the original manuscripts in a locked vault that hasn't been opened for hundreds of years.

Hours go by and nobody sees the old abbot . . .


So, the young monk gets worried and goes down to look for him. He sees him banging his head against the wall and wailing. His forehead is bloody and bruised and he is crying uncontrollably.

The young monk asks the old abbot, "What's wrong, father?"

With A choking voice, the old abbot replies,  

"We missed the R !  We missed the R ! We missed the R !"

"The word was...