The Reverend Francis Norton woke up Sunday morning and realizing it
was an exceptionally beautiful and sunny early spring day, decided
he just had to play golf. So…he told the Associate Pastor that he was
feeling sick and convinced him to say Mass for him that day. As soon
as the Associate Pastor left the room, Father Norton headed out of town
to a golf course about forty miles away. This way he knew he wouldn’t
accidentally meet anyone he knew from his parish.
Setting up on the first tee, he was alone. After all, it
was Sunday morning and everyone else was in church!
At about this time, Saint Peter leaned over to the Lord
while looking down from the heavens and exclaimed, “You’re not going to
let him get away with this, are you?” The Lord sighed, and said, “No, I
Just then Father Norton hit the ball and it shot straight
towards the pin, dropping just short of it, rolled up and fell into the
hole. IT WAS A 420-YARD HOLE IN ONE! St. Peter was astonished.
He looked at the Lord and asked, “Why did you let him do that?”
The Lord smiled and replied, “Who’s he going to tell?”