Alarge meeting was
once held in 1893 in Chicago, between the leaders of the religions in the world
including Buddhism, Confucianism, etc. As they discussed their various
philosophies, Edward Everett (a Christian) said, “Gentlemen, I’d like to
introduce to you the subject of a lady in deep distress; she has blood stains on
her hands. She tried every possible means to remove them, including the
application of different kinds of scents and perfumes, but to no avail. She
could only temporarily give her small hands a pleasant odour. She’s devastated,
crying all night for someone to remove those bloodstains from her hands. Those
stains, however, remained since those are the bloodstains of the people against
whom she committed wrongdoings. Can any of your philosophies help this lady rid
herself of those sins? ” He asked them.
Since all the
meeting participants waited for an answer, he continued saying, “I’ll direct
this question to someone else. I’ll direct it to St. John, who will tell this
lady how to get rid of her sins.”
The speaker paused
for a moment then said, “Listen to what St. John has to say.”
“If we confess
our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us
unrighteousness” The blood
Jesus Christ his Son cleans us from all
sin.” (1 John 1.7-9).
→ English translation of the story here at
من يغسل يديها؟!
feelings cry to You:
Who can wash my
hands from my crime?
Who can purify
me from my sins?
purifies from all iniquities.
washes away the blood- stains from my hands.
sanctifies me, O most Holy One.