Saturday, June 3, 2017

OH, MY SAINTED AUNT OR HOW NOT TO AGE GRACEFULLY

Going through some old photos of me in my younger years, I came across my fresh out of seminary photo of me flush with youth:






All bright-eyed and bushy tailed and not one confession under my belt yet. Today, I'm a hardened priest, heard all the sins of the world and want to shut my eyes and shake my head at most of them.

I think I can share this confessional story because it happens every once in awhile. Someone comes in and I wait and wait..."Bless me, Father..then, silence. "I forgot my sins, Father Tom. I had them all memorized so I wouldn't forget them. Once I even wrote them on the inside of my cuff except I couldn't spell a name I called somebody."

"Do you remember it now?" I asked. "If you do, whisper it in my ear." I lean forward. This is the most excitement I've had all day.

I listen. Holy carp. It was quite the sin-filled name.

That was his only contribution to his weekly wrap-up of unholy transgressions.

"Any more sins?" I ask, hopefully.

"Sorry, I can't think of any more," he confesses..

"There's always next time," I say.

"Ok."

Lots of people forget or they get tongue-tied or they have no sins to confess but come to see me anyway.

I just can't keep people away, nor would I want to. They love me. Except when I have to mete out penance. Then, I'm a ... the name my young friend couldn't remember.

Sins have a way of aging people. Just hearing them has made me age ten years and dirtied my paws.

Have your sins catapulted anyone toward old age lately?




6 comments:

Brian said...

Oh, I don't think I've done anything horribly wrong!

The Church Cat Family said...

I don't think you've done that either, Brian. If anything, you keep us young with happy messages and your mission to help kitties. We think Tom just wanted to mention his confessional story and had to figure out how.

William's Kith & Kin said...

Well, someone projectile yakked a hairball and stuff on the wall, floor and rug...does that count? It sure didn't make our mom any younger!

Sweet Purrfections said...

We kitties never do anything wrong. WE can't say the same for humans, though.

We are slowly reconnecting with our friends since Mom Paula retired and hope to see you more often.

Truffle, Brulee, and Mom Paula
http://sweetpurrfections.blogspot.com

meowmeowmans said...

Yikes, we sure hope our sins haven't had that effect on anyone, Father Tom!

The Florida Furkids said...

Thank you for the thoughtful and kind comment you made on our post about our Daddy. We know he's an Angel smiling down on us but we are heartbroken.

The Florida Furkids and Mom Sharon