A Story of the Desert Fathers
Abba Jerome’s only companion in the desert was a ferret that would come and lie in the shade of his cave.
One night, he walked meditating among the hills. Hearing a sudden noise underfoot, he saw how the ferret had caught a desert rat, ripping its belly open. In compassion, Abba Jerome laid his hand on the rat, which was miraculously healed, and scampered away.
But God spoke out of the night, saying, “Knowest thou the ways of God? The rat’s death was the ferret’s life.”
Abba Jerome admitted his sin, but thereafter, the ferret would never enter his cave.
This story first appeared at Crap Mariner’s 100 Word Story Challenge.