Old Priest's Dying Wish
Submitted by davidswanson on Wed, 2006-05-24 10:08. Media
The old priest lay dying in the hospital. For years he had faithfully served
the people of the nation's capital. He motioned for one of his aides to come
"Yes father," said the aide. "I would really like to see George Bush and
Dick Cheney before I die," whispered the priest. "I'll see what I can do
father," replied the aide. The aide sent the request to the White House and waited
for a response. Soon the word arrived. Bush and Cheney would be delighted to
visit the priest. As they went to the hospital, Cheney commented to Bush,
"I don't know why the old priest wants to see us, but it will certainly help
our images." Bush couldn't help but agree.
When they arrived at the priest's room, the priest took Bush's hand in his
right hand and Cheney's hand in his left. There was silence and a look of
serenity on the old priest's face. Finally Bush spoke, "Father, of all the
people you could have chosen, why did you choose us to be with you as you
near the end?"
The old priest slowly replied "I have always tried to pattern my life after
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." "Amen," said Bush. "Amen," said Cheney.
The old priest continued..." He died between two thieves. I would like to
do the same"