Madonna House

A Drunk Priest

by Catherine Doherty

I remember one time a priest arrived here at Madonna House, and he was very drunk.

So I put him to bed to sleep it off.

In the morning, I brought him some coffee. He was bleary-eyed and sort of “lost,” but I knelt by his bed and asked him to bless me.

He looked at me and said, “Do you realize who I am and what I did? Do you realize that I am a bum?”

I answered, “Yes, but you are a priest also and I ask for your blessing, for it is Christ’sblessing.”

He blessed me, and then he started to cry.

—Excerpted from Grace in Every Season, (2001), March 12, p. 81, available from MH Publications