Paulo Coelho

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Who wants to go to heaven?

Author: Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho

A priest – who saw the devil in the pleasures of life – went to the town tavern and asked everyone there to attend church that evening. Everyone obeyed. With the church filled to the last pew, the priest roared out:

– Stop all this drinking! All those who want to go to heaven, raise their right hand!

The entire congregation raised their hand – everyone but Manoel, who was held by all to be a dignified man who fulfilled all his duties.

Surprised, the priest asked:

– And you, Manoel, don’t you want to go to heaven when you die?

– Of course I do. But I still haven’t experienced the life that God has given me, and you want to take it away from me already!

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