Oâ€™Toole stunned the priest one Sunday by showing up at mass for the first time in living memory. Afterward, the priest asked Oâ€™Toole what had made him finally come to mass.
Oâ€™Toole looked the priest in the eye and said, â€œFather, I cannot lie to you. I lost me good hat, and I know old Dunne has a hat just like it. I thought Iâ€™d leave mass early, and just take along old Dunneâ€™s hat from the hat rack, sort of â€˜by mistake,â€™ if you know what I mean.â€
â€œBut I see youâ€™re still hatless,â€ said the priest. â€œWhat changed your mind, Oâ€™Toole?â€
â€œYour sermon on the ten commandments, Father,â€ Oâ€™Toole replied.
â€œAh,â€ said the priest. â€œSo when you heard the commandment â€˜Thou shalt not steal,â€™ you decided not to take Dunneâ€™s hat for yourself.â€â€œNot exactly, Father,â€ said Oâ€™Toole. â€œWhen you mentioned the one about not committing adultery, I remembered where I left me hat.â€