Heino, a Finn from Oxford County in western Maine, was an older, single gentleman who was born and raised a Lutheran. Each Friday night after work, he would fire up his outdoor grill and cook a venison steak.
Now, all of Heino’s neighbors were Catholic… and during Lent they were forbidden from eating meat on Fridays. The delicious aroma from the grilled venison steaks was causing such a problem for the Catholic faithful that they finally talked to their priest.
The priest came to visit Heino, and suggested that he convert to Catholicism. After several classes and much study, Heino attended Mass… and as the priest sprinkled holy water over Heino, he said, “You were born a Lutheran and raised a Lutheran, but now you are Catholic.”
Heino’s neighbors were greatly relieved, until Friday night arrived, and the wonderful aroma of grilled venison again filled the neighborhood.
The priest was called immediately by the neighbors and, as he rushed into Heino’s yard, clutching a Rosary and prepared to scold Heino, he stopped in amazement and watched.
There stood Heino, clutching a small bottle of water that he carefully sprinkled over the grilling meat, and spoke:
“You were born a deer, and raised a deer, but now you are a walleye!”
Written and contributed by: Mainard True