A newly ordained priest is nervous about hearing confessions.
He finally asks an older priest for permission to observe how he does them and to give him some tips.
After listening in on the second confession of the young priest, the older priest suggests that the younger man fold his arms, maybe rub his chin with one hand while saying phrases like “I see,” or “I understand,” or “Yes, my child. Go on…”
The young priest eagerly puts the suggestions into practice and later tells the older priest how much it has helped getting more information from his flock.
“You’ve done well,” said the older man. “Isn’t that much better than slapping your knee and yelling ‘No way! What happened next?'”