HTs to Deacon Scott, who got it from Vitus Speaks, who noted it was originally in the NY Times.
The first time I heard confession was a couple of weeks after my ordination in 1973, at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, D.C., where John F. Kennedy's requiem Mass was celebrated. The penitent was a tourist who had wandered in almost by accident. ''I was on my way to a McDonald's,'' he said, ''but I saw the church and remembered Kennedy's funeral -- then I noticed the little green light in the confessional, so I came in. I'm not really sure of what I want.''
''Well,'' I replied, ''I hope you don't want a Big Mac with French fries, because if so, you have made a great mistake.''
He chuckled, then said: ''Look, Father, it's been a long, long time. I'm going to tell you things you have never heard in confession before.''
''That's not too difficult,'' I said. ''This is my first confession. Anything you say will be a shock to me.'' He started to laugh, hard. Those in line fled to the other confession line. ...
Saturday, May 03, 2008
True story, from Fr. Lorenzo Albacete of St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers and frequent contributor to Godspy: