“Tell me of your wrongdoing, my sons,” said the old man.
The first man said, “I have committed a great and grievous sin.”
The second man said, “I have done some small things, nothing much to worry about.”
“All right,” said the saint. “Go and bring me a stone for each sin.”
The first man came back with a big boulder. The second man cheerfully brought a bag of small stones.
“Now,” said the old man, “go and put them all back where you found them.”
The first man lifted the rock and staggered back to the place where he had gotten it. The second man could not remember where half the stones belonged to, so he just gave up. It was too much like work.
“Sins are like these stones,” said the old man. “If a man commits a great sin, it is like a heavy stone on his conscience. But with true sorrow it is removed completely. But the man who is constantly committing small sins which he knows to be wrong, gets hardened to them and feels no sorrow. So he remains a sinner.
“So you see, my sons,” concluded the old saint, “it is as important to avoid little sins as well as the big ones.”
— Tony Castle
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