And I'm sitting inside, blogging in my friend's basement, while I do laundry. And what a mighty pile of laundry it is! Comforters, blankets, sheets, sweatshirts ... I should be here for quite a while. What I need is a menagere.
I'm 42, and if none of my Episcopal confessions count, I have 42 years worth of sins to confess. If the confessions in the Episcopal church count, I have about nine months. The priest doesn't really give me an answer to my question, which tells me I'm asking the wrong question and probably being too legalistic.
Realizing the extent of what I'd have to confess if we're starting from scratch, I say:
"Okay, I can cut this down, How about you just give me the max?"
We then moved on to other subjects. A little later, the priest came back to the subject of maximum penance: "Augustine says the maximum penance is one Our Father. Because that's how Jesus told us to pray."
Had to chew on that for a while.