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

59- Talented Fishermen(1) Image: Fishing in Japan with fire and Cormorants صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: الصيد في اليابان بالنار وطيور الغاق Image: Fishing in Japan with fire and Cormorants.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: الصيد في اليابان بالنار وطيور الغاق.

Donald Barnhouse tells of the wonderful view that he saw when he went to Cifu in Japan.

As night came and darkness fell, fishing boats floated in the river with fore lit in steel cages fixed at the front of each boat. The fire attracted the fish to the surface and at once each fisherman let go a dozen seagulls, each fisherman had a ring fixed around the neck of each bird and held the ring by a rope in his hands. Birds were drawn back to their boats, because the fish can not cross from their beaks to their stomach through the ring, while the small fish crossed so the birds may eat it. This is how the birds ate the small fish and the fishermen got the big fish. What surprised the writer was how masterful each fisherman was in not having the ropes knotted together and their abilities to draw back the birds at the right moment while they are holding big fish in the beak, especially that at times two birds would hunt one fish.

 Our lives are continuous fishing, but from where do we get the abilities that our ropes do not knot together and that we may pull the birds at the right moment? It is the ability of our Master Jesus who guides us in the procession of victory.

He is God Almighty who knows how to move everything according to His superior Divine while giving all the members of His body the ability to share in this. Moreover, He knows how to balance their spiritual lives and their physical, social, academic, intellectual and emotional lives without knotting of the ropes. He grants them with His Holy Spirit the distinction and ability to differentiate.

→ English translation of the story here at صيادون ماهرون!


Footnotes and references for this page here at

(1) Barnhouse, Donald Grey. Let Me Illustrate. 1995. 43.

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