'Father, have I done something wrong?'

I want to share this story with you guys:

A woman was gossiping with her friend about a man whom they hardly knew - I know none of you have ever done this. That night, she had a dream: a great hand appeared over her and pointed down on her. She was immediately seized with an overwhelming sense of guilt. The next day she went to confession. She got the old parish priest, Father O' Rourke, and she told him the whole thing. 'Is gossiping a sin?' she asked the old man. 'Was that God All Mighty's hand pointing down at me? Should I ask for your absolution? Father, have I done something wrong?' 'Yes,' Father O' Rourke answered her. 'Yes, you ignorant, badly-brought-up female. You have blamed false witness on your neighbor. You played fast and loose with his reputation, and you should be heartily ashamed.' So, the woman said she was sorry, and asked for forgiveness. 'Not so fast,' says O' Rourke. 'I want you to go home, take a pillow upon your roof, cut it open with a knife, and return here to me.' So, the woman went home: took a pillow off her bed, a knife from the drawer, went up the fire escape to her roof, and stabbed the pillow. Then she went back to the old parish priest as instructed. 'Did you cut the pillow with a knife?' he says. 'Yes, Father.' 'And what were the results?' 'Feathers,' she said. 'Feathers?' he repeated. 'Feathers; everywhere, Father.' 'Now I want you to go back and gather up every last feather that flew out onto the wind,' 'Well,' she said, 'it can't be done. I don't know where they went. The wind took them all over.' 'And that,' said Father O' Rourke, 'is gossip!'
-- Father Brendan Flynn - Doubt (Film)

PS: gabl la etkhali9 al senna, I wish u a very happy new year, and a joyful evening today :) inshallah 2010 etkon bedaya 7elwa li 3aqd jadeed!
I wont be posting for a week or something, going to Makkah for 3oumra :)

5 Comers:

zwena said...

happy new year :D

Anoosa said...

yeah we usually say gossip is bad but we never stop how much do we sin???

Ms_Aq8 said...

3asallah yet8abal 6a3atkum inshallah .. o 3omra ma8boola

msha3erha said...

Great story! If she to gather all feathers up she's cleaning that man's yard!!

Ta8abal allah 3omratkom oo tred besalama inshallah =)

Smart-y said...

zwena: a very happy new year to u too!

anoosa: lol, we sin a lot.. the thing is are we doing good fe al muqabil?

Ms_q8: menna oo menech inshallah, thanks! ;*

msha3erha: menna oo menech oo allah ysalmich ;* and yes khosh qu9a.