An elderly priest, speaking to a younger priest, said: "It was a good idea to replace the first four pews with plush bucket theater seats. It worked like a charm. The front of the church always fills first now."
The young priest nodded, and the old priest continued: "And you told me that adding a little more beat to the music would bring young people back to church, so I supported you when you brought in that rock 'n' roll gospel choir.
"Now our services are consistently packed to the balcony."
"Thank you, father," answered the young priest. "I am pleased that you are open to the new ideas of youth."
"All of these ideas have been well and good," said the elderly priest. "But I'm afraid you've gone too far with the drive-thru confessional."
"But, father," protested the young priest, "my confessions and the donations have nearly doubled since I began that!"
"Yes," replied the elderly priest, "and I appreciate that. But that flashing neon sign, ‘Toot 'n' Tell or Go to Hell’ cannot stay on the church roof.”
I was born in Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu in India and went to Burma (now Myanmar) in 1954 and lived there for 9 years returning to India in 1963 when I went to Karaikal in the State of Pondichery to finish my schooling at St. Mary's High School. Did my Pre-University in St. Joseph's College, Trichy and then went on to do my Engineering (Civil) in the Thiagaraja College of Engineering, Madurai.
Subsequent to my education I joined the Public Works Department of the Government of Tami Nadu as a Junior Engineer and rose to the rank of a Joint Chief Engineer and retired in September 2006.
Now I spend my time with my iPad, my PC, my Books and my Music System.