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First Impressions

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“You really must think before you speak, young man!”

I wrote last week about my growing awkwardness in social situations.

For example: last weekend I attended a birthday/costume party for kids. I knew only a few people, and found myself talking with a Roman Catholic priest, a mild-mannered, bookish type.

We were doing the old “former seminarian/ordained priest” small talk, when he made a rather disparaging remark about EWTN. I volunteered that I never liked Mother Angelica.

A tall, dark haired older woman standing nearby overheard this.

“What?” she said, “I have never heard such a thing. I love Mother Angelica. She is a living saint…” and continued in this vein for a while.

When she paused to catch her breath, the soft-spoken priest said “While Mother Angelica’s heart is undoubtedly in the right place…” and I thought, “Whew. Me and my big mouth. Surely Father is going to pastorally calm her ruffled feathers.”

“But” he continued, “Her delivery is obnoxious and offensive.”

I quietly slipped away, leaving them to resolve the disagreement.

Usually my first impressions of people are pretty accurate.

But not always.

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