Once upon a time, there was a priest who had dedicated much of his life to saving souls. He had saved thousands of souls in his career. But this was not good enough for him. He felt that convincing a feared Mafia boss to repent would be his lifetime achievement. As fate would have it, the opportunity arrived, or so he thought when the boss of the underworld was diagnosed with a terminal disease and given a month to live. The man of God thought this would be a perfect moment to pitch the kingdom of Heaven to the murderer before he met his maker. The prospect of dying made the priest’s likelihood of success seem better than the average of the decade he had known his sinner friend. He visited the money launderer on his deathbed, and asked — as he had done on innumerable occasions before: “Do you accept Jesus as your saviour, and promise that you’ll be loyal to Him and only Him?” To his surprise, the bank robber declined the offer, saying as he was gasping for breath: “This is no time t...

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