A saint was bathing in a river when he spotted a drowning scorpion. To help the scorpion he picked him up so that it could be set down on dry land. But as soon as the scorpion was picked up he stung the saint’s hand and had to be dropped back in the water.
The saint did not give up and tried again with the same result. This went on for a few more times when finally a passerby interrupted the saint, “Why do you keep doing this? Can’t you see the scorpion will sting you every time you try?”
The saint replied, “The scorpion cannot forget its nature is to sting. But how can I forget that my nature is to love?”