In Europe, an old man was feeling guilty about something he had done, so he decided to go to Confession. He said, “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. I feel terrible because, during World War II, I hid a refugee in my attic.” The priest said, “But that’s not a sin! I wouldn’t feel bad about that if I were you!” “But,” the man replied, “I made him agree to pay half of my rent as long as he stayed.” The priest said, “Well, I admit that certainly wasn’t the noblest thing to do, charging the man to save his life. But you did save his life, after all, and that is a good thing. Don’t worry about it too much; God forgives.” The man said, “Oh thank you, Father. That eases my mind. I have only one more question to ask you: do I have to tell him the war is over?”
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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.