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A Day at the Confessional

Posted on May 19, 2010 at 7:32 PM

“Forgive me father for I have sinned”

“And so, you have come here to confess your sin before God and man.”


“I am listening, confess your sin, and afterwards say three hail Mary’s and God will grant you absolution.”

“But it is a sin that I haven’t committed yet.”

“I don’t understand. If you haven’t a sin to confess, then why are you here?”

“Because I seek forgiveness before the act is done.”

“And why is this? It’s not the tradition of the Catholic church to approach a matter in such a way.”

“Because I’m scared that it’s a sin that has no forgiveness, and I need to be sure that God will forgive me of this sin.”

“The Lord will forgive all sins, my child.”

“Even that of killing”

“Yes, but have you killed?”

“No, not yet, but I intend too”

“I’m sorry, but a confessional is a place for repentance, and therefore, I cannot help you. Though I urge you exceedingly to seek counsel before you go through with this heinous act.”

“Father, you don’t understand. It’s to late for counseling. The monster I need to kill cannot be helped.”

“I assure you, all can be helped through the grace of God.”

“No, your wrong father. God cannot help this man. He will never stop his ways. I only ask that God forgives me when I take his life.”

“Perhaps the avenue in which you should travel is in forgiveness. Tranquility is often found there.”

“I cannot forgive this man. He has ruined many lives, and will ruin many more if he isn’t stopped. It is only now have I found the courage to end this man’s life after many years of suffering, and that is why I am here today, with you.”

“With me? May I ask what this man has done that you hate him so?”

“Can I trust that you keep this matter private if I fail to carry this out?”

“As a Priest it would be a sin for me to betray a penitent by word or by any gesture to another outside these walls.”

“And Priest never sin, do they father?”

“We all fall short, my son.”

“Indeed we do. Very well. The man whose about to die is a molester of little boy’s. An evil man who preys on little boys when he has earned their trust. A man who has sodomized countless boy’s throughout the years. Innocent boy’s. Do you hear me talking father? He’s a man who hides behind the shield of his young victims. He’s also a man father who has a gun pointed at his head at this very second and is about to....”

“Dear God I must leave this..."

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

“Father, did you know this man, or why he killed himself inside your confessional?”

“No officer, I didn’t.”

“Please, someone get the good father a blanket, he’s trembling something fierce.”

“No, please, it’s ok. I just thought for a moment he was going to..... Never mind.”

Categories: Russell Potter, Short Story

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Reply Phil Neale
6:45 AM on May 20, 2010 
Sudden and startling.

Never saw the end coming, and it was so well written that I never really had the chance, now did I?
Reply seb
2:14 PM on June 2, 2010 
Just like Phil, the ending caught me by surprise. Well done, Potter. It was really an interesting story. I enjoyed it from beginning to end.
Reply C.M. Marcum
10:10 AM on August 19, 2010 
say what?
I just knew he was going to kill the priest. Hard to sell an all dialogue piece. I've never been inside a confessional. I've often wonder what it's like in there. Tiny little closet, dark, the smell of sweat. Anyway, like the piece.