Here’s a true story which I heard from a visiting priest from Canada (Fr. Carl Schmidt) a year ago. This is a story told to him by Cardinal Jaime Sin of the Philippines ( which I like to use in my talks ).
The story: There was this woman who claimed to have visions of the Virgin Mary and she claims that she even talks to the Virgin. Cardinal Sin (his real name) didn’t pay much attention to her and usually pretends not to hear her. But one day she persistently kept on calling him on the phone, and after five unsuccessful calls, she went to his residence and asked for an audience.
Cardinal Sin thought that he’d better put an end to this foolishness and told her, “When you see the Virgin Mary again tonight, tell her to ask her son Jesus what my gravest sin was.” And so the woman left, happy that finally Cardinal Sin believes her. And Cardinal Sin was sure that now she’d stop telling him about her visions. But the next day she came back and asked to see the Cardinal again. The Cardinal asked her, “Well, did you talk to the Virgin Mary last night?”
And she said, “Yes, but…”
“But what?” Cardinal Sin asked. “Did the Lady ask Jesus about my sin?”
“Yes, she did ask Him.” was the reply.
“What did Jesus tell her then?”
The woman reluctantly answered, “She said Jesus said that He had forgotten.”
I don’t recall how the story ended, but I guess that is where the story should end.
As told by Don Morales