A new priest was nervous about hearing confessions for the first time, so he asked an older priest to sit in with him.Â After the first couple of confessions, the old preist asks the younger one to step out of the confessional for a few minutes.
“I want you to try this,” the older priest started out.Â “Cross your arms over your chest and rub your chin with one hand.Â And while you do that, try saying things like ‘Yes, I see,’ and ‘Go on,’ and ‘I understand.”
The younger priest crosses his arms, rubs his chin with one hand and starts repeating his senior’s suggested comments.
When he was done, the older priest said, “Very good.Â Now, don’t you think that sounds a little better than slapping your knee and saying, ‘No shit?Â What happened next?!'”