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

273- The Millionaire Beggar Image: A very sad man صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: رجل حزين  ومتضايق جدًا Image: A very sad man.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: رجل حزين  ومتضايق جدًا.

A young man complained to our beloved Father Pishoy Kamel about his many weaknesses. Fr. Pishoy, as usual, pointed out to the young man to all his new capabilities in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, as a member in Jesus’ body and as the Altar of the Holy Spirit. He diverted his view from the spiritual poverty that swallowed all his thoughts to the wealth that he had in his hands. That was the way of Fr. Pishoy in his dealings with all people. He used to encourage and support, so one can recognize God’s true and faithful promises. The story of that young man resembles the following story of the millionaire beggar:

After the death of a very wealthy man in Texas, his lawyer contacted another lawyer in New York to locate a relative of that man. He told him that it was discovered that it was a rich man hot-tempered but having strong personality. After the Civil War, he settled in Texas and bought vast lands for very little money. Oil was discovered on the land and that made the man very rich. When he died, he did not leave a will and he did not have any relatives in Texas. After searching various states, a grandson of his was found in New York. That grandson would inherit $30 million, of which the lawyer deposited $1 million in the grandson’s name in a bank but the grandson lived as a beggar and did not look like a millionaire or behave like one. That is why the lawyer was trying to locate him and ask him to come forward to accept inheritance.

→ English translation of the story here at المليونير الشحاذ! Divider

God, grant me to discover Your capabilities in me.

You are my treasure and my wealth.

Why do I behave like a poor person,

When deep inside me exists The Source of Heavenly Wealth?

Open my eyes to see Your gifts to me,

And enjoy Your true Divine promises.

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