Preaching on any subject
It was preaching each Sunday that made Father Brown a few pounds extra on the
side. You see he had a weekly bet with the altar boy that he could improvise a
sermon on any subject at a moment's notice.
Each week the altar boy left a note on the lectern, and each week the priest
ad-libbed his way through. Finally the youngster thought he had the priest stone
cold by leaving a note that merely said: 'Constipation'.
Totally unconcerned, Father Brown glanced at the paper looked up and began:
'And Moses, taking the tablets, went up into the mountain ...'