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

527- Moving the Fence


During the Second World War, a soldier was killed. His colleagues carried him to a neighboring church in Europe. They asked the priest to bury him in the cemetery of the church. The priest welcomed them. Then, he asked, Is he Catholic?

No. They replied. Image: Yellow Flowers and Roses, bouquet صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: باقة ورود و زهور صفراء اللون Image: Yellow Flowers and Roses, bouquet.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: باقة ورود و زهور صفراء اللون.

I hope to bury him in the graveyard of the church. The priest said. Yet, since hes not Catholic, Ill only allow you to bury him outside the fence of the cemetery.

He referred to a place outside the fence where they dug and buried the soldier. After the war, they took a bunch of flowers and went to the church searching for the grave of their colleague. However, they did not find it. They went to the priest asking him for the place of the grave. He said, After you had buried him, I reproached myself for not allowing you to bury him inside the fence of our cemetery.

What have you done then? Did you bury him in the graveyard?

No, I moved the fence to enclose his grave.

The soldiers rejoiced for his pure heart. They entered the graveyard and put the bunch over the tomb of their colleague.


Human love compelled the priest to move the fence so that the tomb of a dead body would be enclosed in the graveyard of the church. However, the Divine Love made Heavens widen and move its fences to enclose the believers.

→ English translation of the story here at نقلت السور! Divider


The Divine descended to move the fence and enclose us in His Heavens.

Thank You O Divine Lover of mankind.

You descended to us to change our earth into heavens.

You descended to move the fences to take us to You O the Fiery Fence.

You moved us from the earth to Your Fathers bosom.

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