Thursday, 5 November 2015

Confession Time

"Forgive me Father for I have sinned. It's been about 18 years since my last confession ...

"Yes ... 18 years. I have written all my sins down in a book ... I was a teenager at the time and one day I went out with a pretty young lady and afterwards ...

"You don't want to know the details about that? But it was a serious sin. You want me to move on to a more recent sin. But ... but ... what if it was a really bad sin which happened again with another girl-friend years later, and then once again ...

"I don't understand Father, it took me ages thinking over my past sins and I wrote them all down in this book ... It's about 90 pages or so!

"I understand ... if I committed a bad sin in the past, say a mortal sin, you don't need to know about it every time I did it. It's forgiven because there are other people waiting to confess.

"You don't even want to know about the sin involving an armadillo?

" Yes, an armadillo ... it's a leathery armour-shelled creature.

"Well, I worked at the zoo and I spray-painted an armadillo blue and told visitors it was a newly discovered species. When my boss found out he fired me.

"Oh ... more recent sins, like last week? Well, I was a bit lazy on Wednesday and did not go to work. I drank a bit too much on Friday night. And I took the batteries out of the remote control and told my wife it was broken; so we watched the football all night instead of Downton Abbey."

15 comments:

  1. Victor, do you know about my long time feud with armadillos" The only good dillo is a dead dillo in my book!
    Laughing, Friend, as I think God is when we think we pulled one over on Him in the sin department. HE KNOWS ALL!
    Blessings!

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    1. You need to tell me about your armadillo stories Lulu. Perhaps by e-mail if not here.

      As in most of my stories, there is a serious side to it.

      The Catholic Church has somehow got people confused about Confessions to a priest. They have categorised sin as venial (small sins like eating too much ginger marmalade on your toast) and mortal sins like breaking the 10 Commandments.

      Problem is a lot of people have lost all concept of sin and doing right and wrong.

      They see nothing wrong about flirting or cheating on one's spouse; we're all entitled to be happy aren't we? And if you find someone better, there's nothing wrong with divorce is there?

      The other problem is that it is not clear how often one should confess to a priest and what to confess. Some say every week. Others say at least once a year. Some say there's no need to confess venial sins. Even if they involve armadillos.

      As you say, Lulu. We can't hide from God.

      May He bless you always.

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  2. Football instead of Downton Abbey!

    OH NO!!!!

    ;-}

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    1. Surely football is always better, Linda.

      God bless.

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  3. Watching football instead of Downton Abbey should be punishable by 40 lashes with a wet noodle! *lol* Thank Heaven's my husband hates football and prefers Downton. Yeah, he's a keeper.
    Hope your day is blessed. ~:)

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    1. I'm feeling outnumbered here, Sparky.

      God bless you and yours.

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  4. Well, I don't watch either of them :) Your post cracked me up, Victor!

    But you are so right. People don't think sin is sin anymore. At least most people don't where I live. It keeps getting worse and worse. The Catholic Church may differentiate mortal and venial sin but at least it's still called sin. The only people I know who still call sin what it is are either strong Catholics or strong Protestants.

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    1. I think the Catholic Church has added to the confusion regarding confession, Mary.

      We have been told recently at our Church that we don't need to confess every week if we only have venial sins. It's OK to have Communion without confession.

      This will not doubt lead people to strech the meaning of venial sin ... for example eating a few grapes at the supermarket (I've seen this happen) without paying for them will no longer be considered as stealing. People will say they are just tasting !!!

      I've also been told that if someone is ill in hospital and dying it is OK for a deacon to hear his confession as an emergency. But should he get better and survive, the confession does not count and he has to confess again to a priest. I was told this by a practicing deacon.

      God bless.

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    2. Yes, it can be confusing, Victor. A priest told me when I went to Confession that if my sins were venial I only needed to confess a couple. What?! That doesn't even make sense, does it?

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    3. That's the same as we've been told. The priest is no longer interested in my list of 101 sins a week.

      God bless.

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  5. Surely taking the batteries out of the remote falls into the "mortal" category, right? Lol!

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    1. No Mary, it is not a sin at all. I was checking if the remote works without batteries.

      Did you know if I point the remote to the wife and lower the volume it does not work either.

      God bless.

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  6. I'm going down to watch football right now. My wife just gave up the TV (we insist on only one in our house) and I get to now watch football!

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    1. Smae here Manny. We just have the one TV. The dog insists it's always on the Dog Channel. We all have to go out and stand outside the neighbour's window to watch their TV. We've become good at lip-reading!

      God bless.

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