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

62- Plants Overcome the Weeds Image: Wheat and Tares. صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: حنطة و زوان. Image: Wheat and Tares.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: حنطة و زوان.

Peter asked his young son to come with him to the garden so that they may plant some flowers seeds and imbed some new plants in the garden of their new house.

The son said to his father, There is still some weeds on the ground despite us preparing it and removing all the weeds before and I fear that well waste our efforts in trying to plant the seeds and imbed these plants.

We removed the weeds as much as we could.

Lets wait until the weeds appear once again and remove them again, thus well ensure that they wont appear again.

That is impossible. As long as the ground is not planted the weeds will appear time after time.

What is the solution?

If we plant the ground, the plants and the trees will appear and some weeds will appear with them and well try to remove them. Throughout the time, the plants will overcome the weeds until theyre almost gone.

That is the case of our spiritual lives, if we concentrate on the negatives alone, by trying to remove evil, it will not be completely removed. Let us start with the spirit of the Lord in the positives: doing good and practicing the righteousness of life with the Lord. Then, the light may overcome darkness and our Jesus will rule in our hearts so that sin may not have a place.

A lot of youth concentrate on the negatives, which destroy their psyches and they feel hopeless about enjoying chastity. The compensation of continuous crying over the putrefied smell of sin draws us closer to Jesus sweet smell that is able to lift us on the high, making up for our being in the mud of the world.

→ English translation of the story here at لتكتسح النباتات الزوان!

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