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1 Theology 100-22 31 March 2011 Bruce Marshall’s “The Old Sailor” tells the story of a man visited by a priest during the final hours of his life. At first, the sailor rejects the priest’s offer of repentance, perhaps in an attempt to retain his pride. However, the priest convinces the man to admit to his sins by telling him the time is never too late to repent as long as one is still living. The priest suggests they go through each Commandment to find out which ones the sailor has broken, but the sailor tells the priest there is no need; he already knows he has broken each one. The sailor’s willingness to confess his sins after a little persuasion shows he may have some desire to reconnect with God before his death. He provides more evidence for such feelings when he tells the priest he is sorry for missing the Sacraments and for not loving God more. However, the sailor refuses to ask forgiveness for all the women he had been with in his past because they were both beautiful and kind. Interestingly, the priest tells the sailor he thinks God will understand
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