Skip to main content

The priest and the politician (a story about time management and being late)

After twenty-five years in the same parish, Father O'Shaunessey was saying his farewells at his retirement dinner. An eminent member of the congregation - a leading politician - had been asked to make a presentation and a short speech, but was late arriving.

So the priest took it upon himself to fill the time, and stood up to the microphone:

"I remember the first confession I heard here twenty-five years ago and it worried me as to what sort of place I'd come to... That first confession remains the worst I've ever heard. The chap confessed that he'd stolen a TV set from a neighbour and lied to the police when questioned, successfully blaming it on a local scallywag. He said that he'd stolen money from his parents and from his employer; that he'd had affairs with several of his friends' wives; that he'd taken hard drugs, and had slept with his sister and given her VD. You can imagine what I thought... However I'm pleased to say that as the days passed I soon realised that this sad fellow was a frightful exception and that this parish was indeed a wonderful place full of kind and decent people..."

At this point the politician arrived and apologised for being late, and keen to take the stage, he immediately stepped up to the microphone and pulled his speech from his pocket:

"I'll always remember when Father O'Shaunessey first came to our parish," said the politician, "In fact, I'm pretty certain that I was the first person in the parish that he heard in confession..."


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Ramo Vigrahavan Dharmah

A great verse from Ramayana: आहार निद्रा भय मैथुनं च  सामान्यमेतत् पशुभिर्नराणाम् । धर्मो हि तेषामधिको विशेष:  धर्मेण हीनाः पशुभिः समानाः ॥ AhAra-nidrA-bhaya-maithunam cha samAnam_etat_pashubhir_narANAm | dharmo hi teShAm adhiko visheSho dharmeNa hInAH pashubhiH samAnAH|| Eating, Sleep, Fear and Sex ; these habits are common between human beings and animals. It is the Dharma which is the special quality of the human beings. Without the Dharma, they are similar to the animals.  Rama is The Embodiment Of Dharma.  Maaricha, while speaking to Ravana- (Aranya Kandam 37-13): रामो विग्रहवान् धर्मः साधुः सत्य पराक्रमः | राजा सर्वस्य लोकस्य देवानाम् इव वासवः || ३-३७-१३|| raamo vigrahavaan dharmaH saadhuH satya paraakramaH | raajaa sarvasya lokasya devaanaam iva vaasavaH || 3-37-13 "Rama is the embodiment of righteousness, he is an equable person with truthfulness as his valour, and as with Indra to all gods he is the king of entire world. [3-37-13] Another great phra

Online 2 Year MS Software Systems (MSSS) Program from Bits Pilani

BITS is offering an online (not classroom) 2 Year MS Software Systems (MSSS) Program. Whoever interested can go through this link: http://www.bits-pilani.ac.in/dlp-home/Admissions/12008/advertisement.html You can contact: George Daleep ( George_Daleep@satyam.com ; 09959188837) Santha_Oommen ( santha_oommen@satyam.com ; 09849427215) More Info From Bits Advertisement: Since we have received a number of queries from associates on the MS program from BITS Pilani, we would like to clarify matters. BITS is offering an online (not classroom) 2 Year MS Software Systems (MSSS) Program provided you meet conditions. Some basic information about eligibility, requirements and fees is given below: Eligibility Criteria: First Class BE / MSc / MCA / MBA / BITS BS (Minimum 60% aggregate) or equivalent degree and at least 12 months of relevant post-qualification experience. Candidates with 3-year BSc, BCA, BBA, BCS, BIT etc are NOT eligible. Additional (M

Your mind can be your best asset or your worst enemy. Train it well.

Your mind can be your best asset or your worst enemy. Train it well.