An old priest was asked at his retirement, “What have you learned after having heard so many confessions?”
“I have learned that people are more miserable and less good than I once thought.”
The part about the “less good” – I understand why he said that. He was hearing confessions after all. My own experience, however, is a little different. I have found that people are both less good and more good than I once thought. As a counselor who has the privilege of knowing the details of people’s lives, I would say that I am most surprised by the more good. The Spirit of God really is with people.