Several years ago, a priest was transferred to a distant village church in his diocese.
Some weeks after he arrived, he had an occasion to ride the bus fromhis church to the nearest town. When he sat down, he discovered that the driverhad accidentally given him a quarter too much change. As he considered what to do, he told himself, 'You'd better givethe quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it.'Then he thought, 'Oh, forget it, it's only a quarter. Who would worry aboutthis little amount? Anyway, the bus company makes huge profits; they will nevermiss it. Accept it as a 'gift from God' and keep quiet.'
When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, and then he handed thequarter to the driver and said, 'Here, you gave me too much change. '
The driver, with a smile, replied, 'You are the new priest in the village,right?'
'Yes' he replied. 'Well, I have lately been thinking a lot about going somewhere to pray. I justwanted to see what you would do if I gave you extra change. You'll see me at church on Sunday.'
When the priest stepped off of the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said,
'Oh God, I almost sold You for a quarter!'