Posted on April 13, 2013. Filed under: Stories |

A powerful monarch summoned a holy father who was said to have healing powers to help him with the pains in his back.

‘God will help us,’ said the holy man. ‘But first let us understand the reasons for these pains. I would suggest that Your Majesty make your confession now, for confession forces a man to confront his problems and frees him from many feelings of guilt.’

Annoyed at being asked to think about his problems, the king said: ‘I don’t want to talk about such things; I need someone who can cure me without asking so many questions.’

The priest left and returned half an hour later with another man. ‘I believe that words can relieve pain and help me discover the correct path to a cure,’ he said.

‘Since you do not wish to talk, however, I cannot help you. But I have here just the man you need: my friend is a veterinary surgeon and is accustomed to not talking to his patients.’

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Rebuilding the world

Posted on April 11, 2013. Filed under: Stories |

world_relsmallA father was trying to read the newspaper, but his son kept pestering him. Finally, the father grew tired of this and, tearing a page from the newspaper-one that bore a map of the world-he cut it into several pieces and handed them to his son.

‘right, now you’ve got something to do. I’ve given you a map of the world and I want to see if you can put it back together correctly.’

He resumed his reading, knowing that the task would keep the child occupied for the rest of the day. However, a quarter of an hour later, the boy returned with the map.

‘Has your mother been teaching you geography? asked his father in astonishment.

‘I don’t even know what that is,’ replied the boy,’But there was a photo of a man on the other side of the page, so I put the man back together and found I’d put the world back together too.’


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