Someone has suggested that “God created people because God loves stories.”1 I think the following story is likely to meet with God’s approval:
Two men called on a pious, old monk to seek his advice. “We acknowledge our sinful ways,” they told him, “and we want to clear our consciences. Can you advise us on how to do this and get rid of our guilt?” The old monk agreed to help. “But first,” he said, “you will have to tell me about your sins.”
The first man said, “I have committed a terrible sin, a grievous sin, a great big sin.” The second man said, “Oh, I have committed a number of small sins, none of them grievous or terribly significant.”
The holy man pondered the matter for a while, then said, “Each of you must bring me a stone, representing each one of his wrong-doings.” The two men then set out to carry out the monk’s instructions.
After a while,…
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