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

496- An Eagle Hunting a Fish

 

St-Takla.org Image: An eagle catching fish: white-tailed eagle hunting. صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: نسر يصطاد سمكة: عقاب أبيض الذنب وهو يصطاد في البحر.

St-Takla.org Image: An eagle catching fish: white-tailed eagle hunting.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: نسر يصطاد سمكة: عقاب أبيض الذنب وهو يصطاد في البحر.

A young man came to me to make confession. He seemed pure and chaste. A family visited him to stay with him for a week in Alexandria. He told me that he was obliged to go to stumbling places but he was not attracted by the sights that corrupt the lives of many young people. After a long time, he came crying for what he saw years ago was dancing in his thought and contaminating his purity. I then realized the danger of belittling sin and not recognizing its real harm for the soul.

 

Iremembered the following story:

Very proudly, the eagle flies far above the sea surface. With his sharp eyes, he notices a fish coming up to the surface of the sea. In an eye twinkling, he goes down to the surface and takes it with his beak, flies up and eats it.

An eagle saw a fish. Soon, he took it with his bill. Making use of his full strength, he flew. However, this time he could not withstand since the fish was very big and heavy. He implanted his beak deep in its flesh. At last, he failed. Thus, he went down to the surface of the sea to let it go that he may be abel to cut a piece of its flesh. The fish swam fast towards the depth. The eagle could not but take out his bill of its flesh but this also he could not do. The fish went down very deep and the eagle sank.

→ English translation of the story here at St-Takla.org: نسر يصطاد سمكة!

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“Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Heb. 12.1).


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