Stories & Reflections
By Paulo Coelho
A boy crossed the desert and finally arrived at the monastery of Sceta, near Alexandria. There he asked and was given permission to attend one of the abbot’s talks.
That afternoon, the abbot spoke of the importance of their work in the fields.
At the end of the talk, the boy said to one of the monks:
‘I was really shocked. I expected to hear an enlightened sermon on sin and virtue, but the abbot talked only about tomatoes and irrigation and things like that. Where I come from we all believe that God is mercy and that all we have to do is pray.’
The monk smiled and said:
‘Here we believe that God has done His part and now it is up to us to continue the process.’
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