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

235- He Sets the Example

 

St-Takla.org Image: Saint Bakhmios the Great - ancient Coptic icon - 1609 m. (1894) صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: القديس الأنبا باخوميوس الكبير - أيقونة قبطية أثرية من سنة 1609 للشهداء (1894 م.)

St-Takla.org Image: Saint Bakhmios the Great - ancient Coptic icon - 1609 m. (1894).

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: القديس الأنبا باخوميوس الكبير - أيقونة قبطية أثرية من سنة 1609 للشهداء (1894 م.).

One day, St. Pachomius (the founder of Communal Monasticism) set out on a trip with some of the monks. Each monk carried with himself his share of bread for the journey. When the Saint went to pick up his share, one of the young monks said, Father, God forbid that you carry anything. Ive carried my share as well as yours.

The Saint however replied, No, Ill carry my own.

The monk persisted, But youre our father and you watch over us day and night. Please let me carry your bread.

Notwithstanding, the Saint insisted that no one carries his bread, since the leader should not only make himself equal to his brothers, but he should also serve them and bear their burdens.

St. Pachomius furthermore said, Since it was written of the Lord that it was fit for Him to be like His brothers in all respects, how can a humble person like me distinguish himself from his brothers and not carry like them?

Finally, the Saint quoted from Christs teachings,

Whoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant (Matt. 20.27).

→ English translation of the story here at St-Takla.org: متشبهًا بأخوته.

St-Takla.org Divider

What shall I give You in return, O Bearer of the sins of the world?

You have borne my burdens, those which no one but You can bear.

Teach me to be like You,

And to bear my brethrens burdens.

Grant me not to distinguish myself from my brothers,

But to yearn to minister unto them,

And to be a servant to them with You.


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