A priest was being honoured at his retirement dinner. A local politician and member of the congregation was to give a speech at the dinner. He was delayed, so the priest decided to say a few words while they waited.
“I got my first impression of the parish from the first confession I heard. I thought I had been assigned to a terrible place. The very first person who entered my confessional told me he had stolen money from his parents, embezzled from his employer, screwed over his closest friends, and taken a lot of drugs. I was appalled. But as the days went on I knew that my people were not all like that and I had, indeed, come to a fine parish full of good and loving people”.
Just as the priest finished his talk, the politician arrived full of apologies for being late. He immediately started his speech.
“I’ll never forget the first day our parish priest arrived, In fact, I had the honour of being the first one to go to him in confession”.