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

386- Crime in the Heart and the Mind


Commenting on the wise Solomons words,

A man burdened with bloodshed will flee into a pit;

Let no one help him

(Prov. 28.17).         Image: Solomon by Gustave Dore, from his Bible Illustrations صورة: سليمان النبي، رسم الفنان جوستاف دوريه، من الصور التوضيحية للكتاب المقدس Image: Solomon by Gustave Dore, from his Bible Illustrations.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: سليمان النبي، رسم الفنان جوستاف دوريه، من الصور التوضيحية للكتاب المقدس.

An author wrote that a man who commits an awful crime lives always in fear. A policeman told him that the clues of some crimes could not be found for years. Suddenly, the one who committed a crime would confess it.

Then, I remembered the following incident:

In 1971, a man, who was almost breaking down, called me while I was in Los Angeles. He asked me to go to him immediately. Actually, I hurried to him. He met me alone in the airport and said to me secretly, I noticed that my wife whom I love much was so depressed. She didnt sleep for days and I couldnt know the reason. Once during the night, she woke me up saying, Wake up. I want to confess about something. I tried for years to hide my crime; yet, my conscience tormented me. However, I couldnt sleep that week. I confess My son isnt yours. Divorce me or kill me. No one would blame you.

He lived for days struggling with himself, as he could not live with a wife who betrayed him while he was always faithful with God and her. During that period, he used to call me everyday until he was comforted by her repentance and tears not fearing him but for fearing God. Therefore, their marital peaceful life was restored through her true repentance.

→ English translation of the story here at جريمة في الفكر وفي القلب. Divider

Cover me with Your Honorable Blood

+ Lord, grant me to confess my sins before You,

And cover me with Your Honorable Blood.

+ If I hid my sins from people,

They would remain in my heart and mind.

May I confess them before You,

And with humility, I confess them before my father confessor in Your presence.

Your Holy Spirit will then work in me.

Wash me of my sins.