Setting: The dinner table.
Jireh: Papi, can you be a priest?
Dave: No, I am married, so I can’t be a priest.
Jireh: But if Mommy died, could you be a priest?
Dave: Yes, it’s possible.
Jireh: But I would be so sad if Mommy died.
Dave: Yes, everyone would be sad if Mommy died, except for Mommy, because she’d be in heaven with Jesus.
Miriam: Maybe. You never know.
We had to suppress our laughter until later, but I think this will be a punch-line-only family joke for years to come.
[in case you are not familiar with roman catholic theology, she is referring to either our belief that final perseverance – the grace to leave this earth with a soul unstained by mortal sin – is a gift of God and cannot be presumed upon, or our belief that most souls on the way to heaven must still be purged from their small sins, and therefore may not immediately enter heaven.]