Fortune Cookie? Doubtful.

You decide.


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  1. moon1234 says:

    Time to buy a lottery ticket?

  2. Supertradmum says:

    Another Vatican white paper, hidden in a cookie?

  3. SonofMonica says:

    If you see an Experian truck, RUN!

  4. Legisperitus says:

    Yes, I think that is a fortune. Phrased otherwise, some action you are contemplating will bring credit upon you.

  5. Cathy says:

    Maybe somebody will actually shell out $1,000,000 for your picture. It is very well-done by the way, but way out of my price range.

    God bless you!

  6. Joe in Canada says:

    I don’t think it counts as a ‘fortune’ when it is what we have come to expect of you.

  7. jarhead462 says:

    As opposed to contemplating an action which will DIScredit you.
    Oy Vey!

    Semper (236th year) Fi!

  8. catholicmidwest says:

    That looks like a fortune-cookie-type-fortune to me, Fr. Z. They never make any sense, and there’s no such thing anyway. I’d try the almond cookies from the front counter. They’re usually much better anyway.

  9. anilwang says:



    Congratulations on your recent blog posting! :-)

  10. Mary Jane says:

    Finally! A fortune!!

  11. Dr. Sebastianna says:

    What if you actually don’t WANT the credit….?

  12. RichardT says:

    Bring credit? You’re applying for an AmEx card?

  13. Salvatore_Giuseppe says:

    Whether this is a fortune or not plays crucially on what I can assume was a poorly chosen grammatical structure. “which will bring you credit.” By using ‘which’ as opposed to ‘that’, all that follows is nonessential to the sentence. It is a nonrestrictive phrase, and plays no bearing on the meaning of the sentence. We can thereby reduce your “fortune” to:

    “You are contemplating some action.”

    Which is not only a fortune, but should be so plainly applicable to any person at any time to be devoid of real meaning

  14. APX says:

    No, it’s simply telling you what you’re doing. The second part is not necessarily a fortune, as it could easily be known.

  15. Legisperitus says:

    The “which” clause modifies “action,” not the verb “are contemplating,” since it is not preceded by a comma.

  16. BV says:

    Question: Are you contemplating while knowing the action will bring credit, or totally unaware of the potential credit? Plus, is it a good action or bad action, thus bringing good or bad credit? You don’t want credit for something bad, so best to avoid any contemplation until the “period of fortune” passes. I think you get three days to avoid any contemplation, after that the “fortune” is null and void. However, if you are willing to take the risk in hope that it is a good form of credit…

  17. Supertradmum says:

    I think it is amazing that a fortune cookie “fortune” can generate such an interesting amount of interpretations…Father Z, you should, after your bird and recipe book, write one on fortune cookie discussions. You may be thinking of this already and you may get credit for it…

  18. Christopher says:

    ‘You are contemplating some action which will bring credit upon you.’

    It is not a fortune, as other commentators have rightfully pointed out, this is infact just a result of the work of one self. Credit where credit is due.

  19. Michael Floyd says:

    Well……..I’like to see you prove that cookie wrong!

  20. Michael Floyd says:

    I meant “I’d”

  21. mike cliffson says:

    “You are contemplating some action which will bring credit upon you”
    a)Credit in which world?If this one, worry, already.
    b) this could be very close to the road to hell is paved with good intentions- which is a warning, hence prophetic in the biblical rather than foreseeing sense.
    c) I’d rather be DOING the right thing for the wrong reasons..
    d) This is fortune? doom? angst?
    e) This is “contemplative” as in “orantes”, discalced carmelites a nd suchlike?
    f) I think I prefer chinese food in Korean restaurants
    g) No such thing as a bad cookie?
    h) If this is fortune, so is ” I have not yet begun to fight”- I’m contemplating it.
    i) If you go Anglosaxon rootwards this Xmas and feast on Xmas pud, have Xmas crackers too, they’ve more often than not got really bad jokes inside than this sort of thing, tho’ the old cracker-mottoes -ohmy!Your mother sure’d tell you not to!
    wanted to get to Z in tribute to father Z , but can’t!

  22. Kypapist says:

    Whenever I get a fortune cookie I always read the same thing with great surprise and emotion: “It says “Help! I’m a prisoner in a Chinese Fortune Cookie Factory!”” This is from the late comedian Alan King who wrote an amusing book of the same name. It always gets lots of groans but is usually more interesting than what is really printed therein.

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