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One day Saint Peter came down with a terrible cold and had to call Jesus and say that he couldn't make it to work at the Pearly Gates. Jesus, being short on help, decided he would guard the Pearly Gates himself. It turned out to be a very uneventful day at the gate, with hardly a soul coming by to call.

Then, late in the afternoon, Jesus saw a bent, white-haired old man slowly making his way up the path with the aid of a gnarled cane. As the man neared, he said,
"Good afternoon. I was hoping to enter the Gates of Heaven."

"Well," said Jesus, "tell me, what have you done to deserve such an honor?"

"Actually, I have done nothing so wonderful myself," said the man, "but my son, now he was special! I raised him to be a carpenter and did my best to teach him right from wrong. And when he grew older, an amazing transformation overcame him and to this day he's known throughout the world and loved by all alike."

As Jesus listened to the story, a sense of recognition came to him. With a lump in his throat and a tear in his eye, he threw open his arms and cried, "Father!"

Emotional at this outburst, the old man threw open his arms and said, "Pinochio!"




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