I’m wondering if anyone can help me remember a poem that I recall having either heard or read on the Internet.
It goes something like:
The Franciscans love the small towns,
The Jesuits the large cities,
The Benedictines the countryside…
And I can’t remember the rest. The message of the poem—or maybe it was just a particularly nice passage of prose—is that the various religious orders tend to establish their houses and monasteries in certain places. I’ve certainly noticed, in Pittsburgh at least, that the Franciscan friaries and convents are in the suburbs, in what used to be independent towns and boroughs before the days of suburban sprawl. And although there aren’t any Jesuits in Pittsburgh, the Benedictines are located out in Latrobe, in the country.
Has anybody ever heard this little piece before? Does it seem to ring true to your experience? (I’m sure there are exceptions, of course.) And if you have heard it, do you remember where it’s from? I’ve been searching the Internet all day trying to find the rest—it’s driving me crazy!