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Short Stories (Stories for the Youth), book by Father Tadros Yacoub Malaty

58- Race in Love(1) Image: Me word in Arabic صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: كلمة "أنا" في اللغة العربية Image: Me word in Arabic

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: كلمة "أنا" في اللغة العربية

It was said that an Argentinean hero won the world championship in car race. He was able to reach the speed of 150 miles per hour. This champion won all the prizes for the world races in the roads of Europe at that time.

That hero was a loving and caring man. When some youth try to race with him in a highway, he would slow down his speed so they would win. Although he had the ability to beat them easily with his amazing speed, he still did not try to win them. Instead, he offered himself as an example of love. He also represented himself as a role model of how to use freedom wisely. He meant to say to those youth:

 You race slowly.

 You cannot speed up like me.

 I can change the speed of the car in a few seconds.

 Without any harm, I can do all these things.

 If you try to imitate me, you might kill yourselves.

 I will pity you and I will not enter a race against you.

This is the freedom that the believer has. He does not use it to satisfy his ego, but to care for his brethren. He races not to show off his superiority and abilities but his love for his brethren.

→ English translation of the story here at سباق في الحب.


Footnotes and references for this page here at

(1) Barnhouse, Donald Grey. Let Me Illustrate. 1995. 39.

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