Roger a Swede from Clearwater County in northern Minnesota, was an older, single gentleman who was born and raised a Lutheran. Each Friday night after work, he would fire up his grill and cook a venison steak.
Now, all of Rogers’ neighbors were Catholic. Since it was 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 the priest.
The priest came to visit Roger and suggested that Roger convert to Catholicism. After several classes and much study, Roger attended Mass. As the priest sprinkled holy water over Roger, he said, “You were born a Lutheran and raised a Lutheran, but now you are a Catholic.”
Rogers ‘ neighbors were greatly relieved, until Friday night arrived and the wonderful aroma of grilled venison filled the neighborhood. The priest was called immediately by the neighbors As he rushed into Roger’s yard, clutching a rosary and preparing to scold Roger, he stopped in amazement and watched.
There stood Roger, holding a small bottle of water, which he carefully sprinkled over the grilling meat and chanted, “You were born a deer and raised a deer, but now you are a walleye.”