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The Gruffawn and the goose

Friday, 24 April, 2015

The Gruffawns were noted for their wit and quick thinking. It is said that one of them stole Father Barry’s best goose but, overcome with remorse, he decided to return to God like the “prodigal son” and to acknowledge his sins in confession with true sorrow before his representative on Earth, the priest, who happened to be Father Barry.

Gruffawn: “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. My last good confession was three weeks ago.”
Father Barry: “My blessings upon you, child. What sins have you committed?”
Gruffawn: “I stole a goose, Father.”
Father Barry: “Well, that is a grave sin, indeed, child, and you’ll have to make restitution and accept penance.”
Gruffawn: “I know, Father. I know. But I was thinking, Father…”
Father Barry: “Yes, child.”
Gruffawn: “Father, would you take the goose?”
Father Barry: “Oh no, my child. I couldn’t possibly do that. You’ll have to return it to the rightful owner.”
Gruffawn: “But I have offered it to the owner, Father, and he wouldn’t take it back!”
Father Barry: “Well, in that case, my child, you may keep it and because of your genuine attempts at restitution, your penance is three Hail Marys.”

Roast goose


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