A MAN with a nagging secret couldn’t keep it any longer.  In the confessional he admitted that for years he had been stealing building supplies from the lumber yard where he worked.

“What did you take?” his parish priest asked.

“Enough to build my own home and enough for my son’s house.  And houses for our two daughters.  And our cottage at the lake.”

“This is very serious,” the priest said.  “I shall have to think of a far-reaching penance.  Have you ever done a retreat?”

“No, Father, I haven’t,” the man replied.  “But if you can get the plans, I can get the lumber.”

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