To the first, he asked, "What did you do on Earth and why should you
"I was a nurse in an inner-city hospital," she replied. "I worked to
bring healing and peace to the poor, suffering city children."
"Very noble," said St. Peter. "You may enter." And in through the gates
To the next, he asked the same question, "So what did you do on Earth?"
"I was a nurse at a missionary hospital in Africa," she replied. "For
many years, I worked with a skeleton crew of doctors and nurses who
tried to reach out to as many peoples and tribes with a hand of healing
and with a message of God's love."
"How touching," said St. Peter. "You too may enter." And in she went.
He then came to the last nurse, to whom he asked, "So, what did you
back on Earth?"
After some hesitation, she explained, "I was just a nurse at an H.M.O."
St. Peter pondered this for a moment, and then said, "Okay, you may
"Whew!" said the nurse. "For a moment there, I thought you weren't going
to let me in."
"Oh, you can come in," said St. Peter, "but you can only stay for three
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