Do it When you want to establish that people have to be punctual.
It is another story from Master ZI; I have mentioned in ideas #10 & #15.
“After 25 years in the same parish, Father was saying his farewells at his retirement dinner. One local politician had been asked to make a short speech. But he was late.
So the priest took it upon himself to fill the time, and stood up to the microphone:
“I remember the first confession I heard here 25 years ago and it worried me as to what sort of place I’d come to… That first confession remains the worst I’ve ever heard. The chap confessed that he’d stolen a TV set from a neighbor and lied to the police when questioned, successfully blaming it on a local scallywag. He said that he’d stolen money from his parents and from his employer; that he’d had affairs with several of his friends’ wives; that he’d taken hard drugs, and had slept with his sister. You can imagine what I thought… However I’m pleased to say that as the days passed I soon realized that this sad fellow was a frightful exception and that this parish was indeed a wonderful place full of kind and decent people…”
!#22
At this point the politician arrived and apologized for being late, and keen to take the stage, he immediately stepped up to the microphone and pulled his speech from his pocket:
“I’ll always remember when Father first came to our parish,” said the politician, “In fact, I’m pretty certain that I was the first person in the parish that he heard in confession…””

1 Comment on Idea #22 Learn them to be punctual

One Reply to “Idea #22 Learn them to be punctual”

  1. I always give them some useful quote like:
    “Punctuality is the politeness of kings”
    Louis XVIII of France
    “Punctuality is the soul of business.”
    Thomas C. Haliburton
    “The trouble with being punctual is that nobody’s there to appreciate it.”
    Franklin P Jones

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