As a young man, Norton was an exceptional golfer. At the age of 26, however,
he decided to become a priest, and joined a rather peculiar Order. He took
the usual vows of poverty, chastity, but his Order also required that he
quit golf and never play again. This was particularly difficult for Norton,
but he agreed and was finally ordained a priest.
One Sunday morning, the Reverend Father Norton woke up and realizing it was
an exceptionally beautiful and sunny early spring day, decided he just had
to play golf.
So he told the Associate Pastor that he was feeling sick and convinced
him to say Mass for him that day. As soon as the Associate Pastor left the
room, Father Norton headed out of town to a golf course about forty miles
away. This way he knew he wouldnt accidentally meet anyone he knew from
Setting up on the first tee, he was alone. After all, it was Sunday morning
and everyone else was in church! At about this time, Saint Peter leaned over
to the Lord while looking down from the heavens and exclaimed,
Youre not going to let him get away with this, are you?
The Lord sighed, and said, No, I guess not. Just then Father Norton
hit the ball and it shot straight towards the pin, dropping just short of it,
rolled up and fell into the hole. It was a420-yard hole-in-one! St.
Peter was astonished. He looked at the Lord and asked, Why did you let him do that?
The Lord smiled and replied, Whos he going to tell?