A Certain Brother Became Estranged…

…from another one.  In the course of a visit with Abba Sisoes the Theban, this brother stated, I have become estranged from so-and-so and am weighting the manner in which I should avenge myself.  The old man replied, Why don’t we pray?  And while he was praying Sisoes said, O God, we thank you that from now on we have no need of you to take care of us, for we are now able to take matters into our own hands.  And hearing these words the brother fell to the ground and declared, Truly I have no right to judge anyone, Father.  Forgive me.  And in this way Sisoes healed his brother.

The Paradise Of The Holy Fathers, Budge (trans.)