Stories & Reflections
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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