Umber (27.1 — Father Hoolihan’s Confession)
June 1, 2012 § 3 Comments
My son walked into my studio and handed me a photo that I’d dropped. It showed Vera and Kate in their wedding attire. Between them stood Father Hoolihan. He was staring off into space, preoccupied with his own thoughts…
“…Bless me, Father Confessor, for I have sinned, and thank you, by the way, for hearing my confession. As one priest to another, I know how tiresome hearing confessions can be. Anyway, I’ve told you this story before, but I feel it necessary to review it, for I believe I’ve been deceiving myself, and you, as well as God.
“I’ve told you how I had misgivings about marrying those two young people who met in my catechism class last year at St. Agnes’. They seemed mismatched. He was too old and too worldly for her. And I wasn’t convinced that he really wanted to join Holy Mother Church. I think he was play-acting to impress the young woman. But I told myself that, since they were infatuated with one another, rather than see him lead her into sin, it would be best to unite them in holy matrimony. Vera is a decent woman, too good for him, may the saints preserve her.”