Posted by a friend on Facebook today:
Happy Martinmas. Eat a goose; take a walk. Martin's Goose Day--in Swedish, Marten Gas--also includes a lykta vandring (German, Latrnenlaufen) lantern walk. Goose is the traditional Martinmas food. The legend is that St. Martin was reluctant to become a bishop. When the time came for him to be appointed, he hid in a barn full of geese, but their noisy honking gave him away. Some claim that the eating of geese was encouraged thereafter by St. Martin to recompense those who found him and then enforced their ecclesiastical will. (I'm sure there's a contemporary lesson here!)
To which I replied:
Yes, the lesson is, "When you are anywhere near a bishop, or would be bishop, keep your beak firmly closed. Bishops are bad news and if crossed they always seek revenge."
The last thing a bishop wants is your honesty. They want your obedience, your obsequience and, if you really want to get on in life, your recommendation to the Honours Committee that your bishop should receive a large shiny medal from the Queen.