The Catholic Parish of
Saint John Henry Newman

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A Son To Be Proud Of.

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It was a beautiful sunny Monday morning and after Mass Fr Paul once again decided that the call of the golf course was too strong to miss, so it was golf clubs in the car and off to the golf course. When he arrived at the first tee he found that there were quite a few people ahead of him, but whilst he was waiting he overheard this interesting conversation between a group of players.

The three men were discussing how their sons were doing in their work. “My son Kent,” says one, “Has made quite a name for himself in the construction industry. He began as a carpenter and worked his way up and now owns his own design and construction company. He’s so successful in fact, that last year he was able to give his best friend a brand new home as a gift.”

The second man, not to be outdone, tells how his son began his career as a car salesman, but now owns a nationwide dealership. “Norman is so successful that in the last six months he gave his friend two brand new cars as a gift.”

The third man said that his son Greg, had worked his way up through a stock brokerage firm from an office boy to being head of the department and had made sheds load of money in commission from the sale of shares and in the last few weeks had given a really good friend a large stock portfolio as a gift.

Just then, a fourth man joins the group waiting to tee off and his friends tell him that they have been discussing the progress their sons have made with their employment and they ask him what line his son is in. “To tell the truth,” replies the man, “I'm very disappointed with how my son turned out. When he left school he trained as an alarm engineer for a major company, met this girl in the office and they married a year later, the snag is that the girl’s father is a big time villain, well known to the police. He gave them a detached house as their wedding present and his daughter a Mercedes for her birthday. All seemed to be going well until my son arrived home one day with a suitcase full of money which he said her father had given him for helping him out with a burglar alarm system. Two days later he and his father in-law were both arrested and charged with robbing the local bank.”

Fr Paul eventually teed off, but was left looking at the world with a new perspective and decided that it was obviously true that crime didn't pay after all.

“People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.”

Published Fri 22nd Aug 2014 15:14:22

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