St. Sisoes the Great Against Vengeance

Abba Sisoes the Great

A brother whom another brother had wronged came to see Abba Sisoes and said to him, “My brother has hurt me and I want to avenge myself.” The old man pleaded with him saying, “No, my child, leave vengeance to God.” He said to him, “I shall not rest until I have avenged myself.” The old man said, “Brother, let us pray.” Then the old man stood up and said, “God, we no longer need you to care for us, since we do justice for ourselves.” Hearing these words, the brothers fell at the old man’s feet, saying, “I will no longer seek justice from my brother; forgive me, abba.”

Taken from the book: The Sayings of the Desert Fathers

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6 Responses to “St. Sisoes the Great Against Vengeance”


  1. 1 Holle Frank January 16, 2010 at 11:46 am

    If it is not revengeanse that one seeks but one reaches out once hand and seeks peace? And what if my brother in Christ tells me then to disappear and not bother him anymore?

  2. 2 Mary January 16, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Holle Frank,
    That happens very often and I’m sure many people have experienced that. If one reaches out their hand to seek peace, and the other refuses it and tells you to get lost, just let them know you’ve forgiven them and perhaps they will come around as well. We just have to keep our cool, pray for the person and have some patience. 🙂

  3. 3 Rev. Mike Spreng January 21, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Wow! I was just typing a sermon on vengance and decided to surf the web for a break…came upon this. I think I shall use this quote in the sermon. Thanks!

  4. 4 Mary January 21, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Hi Rev. Mike! Happy to know you liked this quote. This is just one of the many great and beneficial quotes from the Desert Fathers. All the best!

    Mary

  5. 5 Rev. Mike Spreng January 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    “Vengeance,” that is!

  6. 6 jeanniiie October 4, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Why would God say vengeance is His? Perhaps because vengeance has an insatiable appetite only He can appease. The rest of us would labor in vain without blessings.


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