During the North African campaign, a bunch of soldier boys had
been on a long hike and they arrived in a little town called Casino. The
next morning being Sunday, several of the boys went to Church. A sergeant
commanded the boys in Church and after the Chaplain had read the prayer,
the text was taken up next. Those of the boys who had a prayer book took
them out, but this one boy had only a deck of cards, and so he spread
them out. The Sergeant saw the cards and said, "Soldier, put away those
cards." After the services was over, the soldier was taken prisoner and
brought before the Provost Marshall.
The Marshall said, "Sergeant, why have you brought this man
here?" "For playing cards in church, Sir." "And what have you to say for
yourself, son?" "Much, Sir," replied the soldier. The Marshall said, "I
hope so, for if not I shall punish you more than any man was ever
punished." The soldier said, "Sir, I have been on the march for about six
days. I have neither a Bible nor a prayer book, but I hope to satisfy
you, Sir, with the purity of my intentions." And with that, the boy
started his story:
"You see Sir, when I look at the Ace, it reminds me that there
is but one God.
A - 唯一的上主
And the Deuce reminds me that the Bible is divided into
two parts, the Old and the New Testaments.
2 - 舊約和新約
When I see the Trey, I think of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
3 - 三位一體 聖父 聖子 聖神
And when I see the Four, I think of the four Evangelists who preached the Gospel;
there was Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
4 - 四福音書
And when I see the Five, it reminds me of the five wise virgins who trimmed their lamps; there were ten of them: five were wise and were saved,
five were foolish and were shut out.
5 - 十個閠女, 只有五個是聰明 Mark 25
When I see the Six, it reminds me that in six days,
God made this great heaven and earth.
6 - 第六天神創造天地
When I see the Seven, it reminds me that on the seventh day, God
rested from His great work.
7 - 第七天神造了偉大的事 - 人
And when I see the Eight, I think of the eight righteous persons God saved
when He destroyed this earth; there was Noah, his wife,
their sons and their wives.
8 - 娜亞一家八口進入方舟
And when I see the Nine, I think of the lepers our Savior cleansed,
and nine out of the ten didn't even thank Him.
9 - 耶穌治好十個麻瘋病人, 九個沒有多謝祂
When I see the Ten, I think of the Ten Commandments God
handed down to Moses on a table of stone.
10 - 摩西把十誡刻在石上
When I see the King, it reminds me that there is but one King of Heaven,
皇 - 全能的上主
And when I see the Queen, I think of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
who is Queen of Heaven.
后 - 聖母馬利亞
And the Jack or Knave is the Devil.
積 - 魔鬼
When I count the number of spots on a deck of cards,
I find 365, the number of days in a year.
There are 52 cards, the number of weeks in a year.
There are 4 suits, the number of weeks in a month.
There are 12 picture cards, the number of months in a year.
There are 13 tricks, the number of weeks in a quarter.
So you see, Sir, my pack of cards serves me as a Bible,
an Almanac and a Prayer Book."