Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Confession is Good for the Soul


Edward Norton, Keeping the Faith, 2000*

Nervous about hearing confessions, the young new priest asks an older priest to sit in on his sessions. The new priest hears several confessions, then the old priest asks him to step out of the confessional for a few suggestions.

The old priest suggests, "Cross your arms over your chest and rub your chin with one hand." The new priest tries this.

The old priest continues, "Try saying things like, 'I see, yes, go on, and I understand, how did you feel about that?" The new priest says those things, trying them out.

Then the old priest says, "Now, don't you think that's a little better than slapping your knee and saying, 'No way! What happened next?'"

*I never saw this movie, I have no idea what it's about.



Lemuel said...

I am reminded of the line from Billy Joel:
I'd rather laugh with the sinners
Than cry with the saints.
The sinners are much more fun!

Butch said...

Sounds like it would be fun. I like Ed Norton and his acting.

Gawpo said...

Saw the movie. Kind of corny. But not that bad. He is best friends with a Rabbi played by Sten Biller. Oh, and it involves a girl. I saw the movie on the way to Rome. I saw the movie on the way to Rome. I saw the movie on the back from Rome. I saw the movie on the way back from Rome.

It was the only movie they played.

That is one damn funny joke, Paul. Laughed my ass off.

somewhere joe said...

I never had a confessor that looked like Edward Norton. Had I had, I think my confession may have been a bit less generic.

TWISI said...

: )

Anthony said...

lol. Raised as a strict Roman Catholic, thoughts of visit to the confessional still evoke fear in me. I always seemed to have so much to confess.