An Allegorical Tale from the Confession Box

“Oh, good morning, Father. I hope you don’t mind me talking to you. This isn’t really a confession as such, but I’m really so confused and really need your advice. And it’s about me being unlucky in love.

“You know that Angela left me a few days ago. I couldn’t understand it and our children are totally bewildered because we were so happy together. She kept saying how much she loved me and our children, but now she’s away to someone else, and I don’t suppose there is much I can do. I just hope she doesn’t try to entice any of our children to come and join her.

“It is very sad, but I am still in good health and coping with it all. Indeed most people envy me and are jealous of what I have, but the problem now concerns Brenda.

“You see, Brenda and I had a relationship a few years ago, and it was very memorable – at least as joyful as my recent dalliance with Angela – and we were very happy. But then, suddenly, one day out of the blue, Brenda upped and left me. No-one could understand it and everyone wondered what had gone wrong. And the answer was nothing. She just suddenly decided to leave me.

“But now Brenda had been turfed out by the man she left me for, and says she wants back to me. The basic question is “Shall I let her back?”

“Yes, I loved her, and she said she loved me, and yes, we were very happy together and were brilliant together in keeping the children happy, and I’m sure we would be the same again, but how can I be sure that she won’t leave me in the lurch again?

“I can forgive, but I have to be sure that something similar won’t happen again. And I’m not sure that all our children – and we have an awful lot, as you know – will be quite so forgiving.

“I’m not bragging but it would be fair so say that I have also had other offers – quite a few in fact. I’m told I’m something of a decent catch.

So two questions, Father. Should I accept Brenda back? And what is there about me that makes women keep saying that they love me – especially after they have left me? I just don’t understand it, Father!”

Any priests reading this, please feel free to provide some guidance. It’s important especially to the children, and as mentioned already there are lots of them.

David Potter


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I am Celtic author and historian and write for The Celtic Star. I live in Kirkcaldy and have followed Celtic all my life, having seen them first at Dundee in March 1958. I am a retired teacher and my other interests are cricket, drama and the poetry of Robert Burns.


  1. Martin Blackshaw on

    I’m not a priest but I can tell you that the allegorical person in question needs to stop shacking up with fast and loose women and get himself a committed spouse instead. Adulterous relationships always end in tears!

  2. The problem with love is you can give so much that you smother the recipient – and expect the same level of committment in return. That is not healthy for either party.
    Perhaps with less of the placing on a pedestal and a bit more realism from you and your extensive worldwide collection of wonderful children, you and Brenda could make it work this time around.
    60 percent of people lie during a typical 10-minute conversation, and they average two to three lies during that short timeframe. I’d suggest it may be worth having the conversation with your children to expect a higher than average return from Brenda and prepare accordingly 🙂
    Hope you are feeling better David. Hail Hail.

  3. As a priest I’ve told people ,,,, or asked them the question we’ve all asked : how can I be sure this is the one ? Many give their advice ; but there is but one way – go for it ,,, take the plunge , follow your heart – the proof of the pudding is in the eating – they will prove themselves worthy or not of your trust . Can we forgive another ? Too blooming right we can ; but they have work to do ; and what a joy to be welcomed back like the prodigal son . Mind u – his brother wasn’t so welcoming and didn’t enter the welcome back party and celebrate. Brother Walfrid wouldn’t be very impressed at his unforgiving attitude. We all love being forgiven by family and loved ones. It changes us . Having experienced it – we have responsibility to do the same. Lol zat enough – or u want more ? Fr j