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The Church Organist

Image used under a Collective Commons License from:,_Semaphore,_South_Australia.jpgMiss O’Leary, who played the church organ, was in her eighties and had never been married. She was a little old lady who was much admired for her sweetness and kindness to all.

One fine Spring afternoon, the parish priest came to call on her, and she welcomed him into her little cottage.

She invited him to have a seat while she made a pot of tea.

As the priest sat facing the old pump organ that she had in the living room, he noticed a cut glass bowl sitting on top of it.

The bowl was filled with water, but imagine his shock and surprise when he saw that floating in the water was of all things, an item that men use to help prevent conception.

You can’t even begine to imagine how surprised he was, let alone how curious he was as to why it was there in the first place.

Surely Miss O’Leary had lost her senses, he thought.

When she returned with the tea and biscuits, they began to chat.

The priest tried to stifle his curiosity about the bowl of water and its unusual contents, but soon it got the better of him.

Unable to resist any longer, he pointed at the bowl and said, “Miss O’Leary, I wonder if you would tell me about this?”

“Oh, yes, Father,” she replied, “Isn’t it wonderful? I was walking in the village last October and I found this little package on the ground. The directions said to put it on the organ, keep it wet, and it would prevent disease. And you know… I haven’t had a cold all winter”.

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