Monday, January 19, 2009

Father O'Brian

St. Bartholomew's new priest, Father O'Brian, is new to Cloverdale and to the priesthood. He is nervous about hearing confessions and asked old Father O'Riley to sit in on his sessions. Father O'Brian listened to a couple confessions, then asked him to step out of the confessional for a few suggestions.

Father O'Riley suggested, "Cross you arms over your chest, and rub your chin with one hand." Father O'Brian agreed. The old priest then suggested, "Try saying things like, "I see, yes, go on, and I understand. How did you feel about that?'"
Father O'Brian tried this new approach to confessionals for the rest of the day. Later during supper in the Church House, Father O'Riley asked, "Now, don't you think that's a little better than slapping your knee and saying 'No way! What happened next?'

Father O'Brian is learning but we are sure he will make a fine priest here in Cloverdale in the Shire.

1 comment:

  1. To become an adored parishioner, Father O'Brian needs break out his secret stash (KEGS) of meade once in awhile to inebriate--I mean Celebrate the long winter Epiphany season.