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Excuses

Spiritual Story by The Monk Theophane



"Why not?"¯ that was the first thing he said. He had never seen me before. I hadn't said a word. "Why not?"¯ I knew he had me.

I brought up excuses: "My wife... the people I have to work with ... not enough time... I guess it's my temperament..."

There was a sword hanging on the wall. He took it and gave it to me. "Here, with this sword, you can cut through any barriers."¯ I took it and slipped away without saying a word.

Back in my room in the guesthouse I sat down and kept looking at that sword. I knew that what he said was true.

But the next day I returned his sword. How can I live without my excuses?

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This spiritual story is from the book Tales of a Magic Monastery by The Monk Theophane

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