Platitude Cookie Alert!


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  1. JohnE says:

    I have discovered a simple solution to the platitude cookie: eat pizza.

  2. Gail F says:

    My brother once got a fortune that said, “One of your friends is a secret enemy.” Sometimes platitudes are preferable!

    And don’t forget what happened when Inspector Clouseau got the fortune, “Beware of waitress bringing fortune cookie in a Japanese restaurant.”

  3. Supertradmum says:

    This one seems a bit sinister. Like, “Your decisions today are surrounded by doubt.” Chose another cookie.

  4. Supertradmum says:

    PS I hope the cookie is not referring to the call of the vocation to the priesthood….

  5. paterscotus says:

    I’ve given up on fortune cookies. I always seem to get the ones that say, “You’re going to meet the woman of your dreams!”
    – Rev. Scott Settimo

  6. catholicmidwest says:

    Backwards. The only important call is the one that doesn’t miss! The rest are nothing.

  7. Hello Fr Z. Please forward said cookie to:
    Referee Training Department
    National Football League Head Offices
    New York City
    They would seem to be more in need of this particular revelation than most of us…

  8. Theodore says:

    Brings to mind this from the Hagakure:

    “Among the maxims on Lord Naoshige’s wall, there was this one: ‘Matters of great concern should be treated lightly.’ Master Ittei commented, ‘Matters of small concern should be treated seriously.'”

  9. Tradster says:

    Fr. Settimo,

    The cookie is accurate. The woman of your/our dreams is Our Lady.

  10. Phillip says:

    Father, you seem to eat more Chinese takeout than I did when I was in college…that’s kind of terrifying, actually.

  11. Martial Artist says:

    Father Z.,
    I applaud your appellation of Platitude cookie, in lieu of Fortune cookie. I do wish I was the one who had thought of it, but you obviously have the better of me, which may why you were called to the priesthood, for the answering of which call I give thanks, and I was called to the vocation of husband.

    Pax et bonum,
    Keith Töpfer

  12. Marcus de Alameda says:

    In sync with me;
    Some calls (decisions, actions) are far more important than others in reference to the mundane.
    My childhood friend’s father (very close to me) passed away the other day (88 yrs.).
    I made an important and very close phone call to my friend and his siblings last night.

  13. APX says:

    I once got a fortune cookie that said, “No decision you make this week is a bad decision.” A very bold statement. I guess that meant I didn’t need to go to confession that week. I kid. I had actually just came from confession when I read that.

  14. MikeM says:

    I think that this platitude is incorrect.

    I’ve learned to be happy when it’s just a platitude, though. The worst fortune cookies are the ones that tell you what to do. I once got one that basically told me to get a real job.

  15. Trad Catholic Girl says:

    After enjoying some Chinese takeout tonight I opened a platitude cookie that said, “Hold fast to your dreams.” I guess I will have to carry on for two or three weeks in a state of perpetual sleep, although any longer than that I will have to change my blog name to Rip Van Winkle.

  16. pm125 says:

    Every important call is a close one.
    Every close call is an important one.
    What – over the phone, avoided encounter, an almost accident, or a summons from someone nearby, or from within? No right answer from a random broken cookie … is there? Double check with the daily Gospel msg.

  17. Fr. Z, what would you put in a fortune cookie if you could?

  18. “Memento, homo, quia pulvis es, in in pulverem reverteris”, perhaps?

  19. RomeontheRange: What would I put in?

    How about “I’d stay indoors tomorrow, if I were you.”

    I need my own line of fortune cookies.

  20. Tim Ferguson says:

    cavete famulos Sericos (pincernas Sericas?) et crustulos ferentes.

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