We don’t need You any more

By Paulo Coelho

One afternoon, the novices at the monastery of Sceta witnessed a monk insulting another monk. The superior, Abbot Sisois, asked the monk who had been insulted to forgive his aggressor.

‘Certainly not,’ came the reply. ‘He did wrong and he’ll have to pay.’

At that moment, Abbot Sisois raised his arms to heaven and began to pray:

‘Jesus, we do not need You any more. We are perfectly capable of making aggressors pay for their offences. We can take vengeance into our own hands and deal with Good and Evil too. Therefore, O Lord, You need not worry about us any more.’

Ashamed, the monk who had been insulted immediately forgave his brother.

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  1. Marie-Christine says:

    Big hug to you you deserve it xxXX

  2. Leaf says:

    Ah, this is connected to Who gives and who receives.
    Had the insulted one not ‘accepted’ the insult, it would have remained with the insulter, and peace would remain in two mens’ hearts (the Abbot also).

    Why did the abbot say ‘Forgive’, to the one man – he could have chosen to say ‘Apologize’ to the other?
    But is one who insults another given to apologizing easily and sincerely? No, maybe not.

    The response of the Insulted monk is typical of negative energy accepted….he became negative himself, asking for revenge/payment rather than forgiveness….this is almost natural reaction, to throw the negative back at the other – but not the only way to get rid of it.
    Which is why the Abbot referred straight away to Jesus – who was insulted unto death by crucifixion, and whom both monks had given their souls to emulate or at least, learn from.

    We need to learn to put out some fires, whilst keeping some burning.
    Good and Evil, positive and negative
    just keeps going round and round
    we get caught up in the line of fire
    and fire back aiming no-where in particular.
    There’s a lot to be said for turning a blind eye, the other cheek, and a deaf ear.
    (But this is easier if we know we are loved from others)
    LOVE to all
    ah, go on have
    HUGs n KISSES too!!

    Thank you, sir x

  3. fLUXman says:

    bo0om paulo ,;-)
    such monkish attitude is what the oppressors are brainwashing us into. insult is a reflection
    of the insulter
    bounced off
    at the
    insulted’s weakness.
    and in the end he felt he blasphemised god. but when this universal consciousness awakens
    in us every deed is made to totally reflect internally for infinite cycles thus ensuring
    self purity,
    this is happening , now.
    welcome abroad my friends,
    this is where it hurts to be cluttered , the rest is up to you,,,

  4. Franck says:

    It’s really a beautiful story full of humility and reverance at the same time because the superior was not the doer, he was only witnessing a act and try to do the best with this wrong action…

    Sometimes to judje someone actions is difficult because i see it only with my point of vue which is limited. I have to go above, to go beyong this limited field… which needs a lots of understanding and compassion.

    The best is to have someone to have enought trust to ask for advice..

    Thank you Paulo

  5. Marian says:

    Sr. Coelho estoy impresionada con sus libros, no sabe lo que para mi representan, soy persona que no puede vivir sin un libro. Me encanta leer y escribir relatos cortos. Me gustarí­a saber si hay alguna forma de leer su blog en español. No hablo ingles y por las nociones que tengo me es imposible traducirlo, así­ que espero que me conteste. Muchas gracias y un saludo desde Barcelona (España). Marian Rosique