"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Don't mention the truth.

Real life happens.
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Once upon a time there was a priest who drove to a convenience store while drunk. He drove into the store by accident. The police were called and the priest was ticketed and if I am not mistaken, arrested. The story made the local papers. Several Catholics protested and said publishing the story was inappropriate, that it was detraction, and so on. The priest made amends and went through treatment for alcoholism. I think the incident helped a great many others in ways many people may not understand.
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The End
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(No names or places were used in this story. No one's reputation was tarnished. So anyway, a priest and a rabbi and a minister were walking down the street... The priest said, did you hear the one about the nun and the bishop?)

2 comments:

  1. This priest is often not looked upon by the more traditional among us with great fondness. However, speaking for myself, his open acknowledgement of his problem and his fight against it raised him in my estimation. He became a hero to many suffering from addiction.

    We are all human.

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  2. Durn it Cath - I did not want to write about anyone recognizable - this was just a parable because I got so much flak on my nun's story.
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    But you are correct that his cloud had a shining silver lining - for himself and others.

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