Pa used to carry wood to Saint Mary of the Angles church every Sunday to warm the church. One time, Pa had the measles and could not leave the house. Father MacPherson came to the house, furious that Pa had not brought the wood, dismissing the fact that Pa had the measles.
Another time during Lent, Pa had made himself some chicken soup and took a few spoonfuls and suddenly realized the day was Friday. He immediately stopped eating the soup, and went to confession. Father MacPherson was so enraged that he flew out of the confessional, screaming at Pa and pointing at him that he had sinned, despite Pa’s explanation that he did not realize what day it was and stopped immediately.
This certainly demonstrates what a fire-and brimstone preacher Father MacPherson could be.