For decades a priest friend of mine has been leading spiritual retreats: at home and abroad; weekends, vacations, and sometimes holidays. He brings a vast knowledge of Church history, funny, poignant anecdotes, and hard-won spiritual experience.
Not long ago, a man approached at the conclusion of a retreat and asked, “How long have you been in this line of work anyway?”
“Coming up on 20 years,” Father replied proudly. .
“Really now,” the guy replied, hen fixed him with a hard stare, leaned in, and very slowly asked: “Why don’t you give it a break?”