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

580- The Beautiful Pearl


A small fly left his hole in the early morning. He saw a glittering transparent pearl on a leaf. He said to himself, Its a valuable treasure. Ill possess it and become rich. He climbed the tree to take it before anyone would see him. While climbing, the Sun rose. As he reached the leaf he did not find the pearl. He found a small mouse following him with his eyes. The fly was sad when he did not find the pearl. The mouse asked him, What saddens you?

He answered, I came to take the pearl but Im sure you took it. Lets divide it between us.

The mouse laughed and said, O fool, you stick to the day dream which fades away with the sunrise. Image: One white Pearl صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: لؤلؤة واحدة بيضاء - اللؤلؤ Image: One white pearl.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: لؤلؤة واحدة بيضاء - اللؤلؤ.

What do you mean?

What you saw wasnt a pearl. It was a drop of dew, which was dried up with the Sunrise. Dont stick to fancies.

→ English translation of the story here at اللؤلؤة الجميلة. Divider

My Lord, You are the Truth.

You are the True pearl of great price.

May I possess You so that I would not count on false daydreams.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels,

That the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us

(2 Cor. 4.7).


A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things,

And an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things

(Matt 12.35).


Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden a field, which a man found and hid;

And for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field

(Matt. 13.44).


Every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder

Who brings out of his treasures things new and old

(Matt. 13.52).



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