Paesius fought with his brother

173. One day when Abba Poemen was sitting down, Paesius fought with his brother till the blood ran from their heads. The old man said absolutely nothing to them. Then Abba Anoub came in and saw them, he said to Abba Poemen, ‘Why have you let the brothers fight without saying anything to them?’ Abba Poemen replied, They are brothers, and they will make it up again.’ Abba Anoub said, ‘What do you mean? You saw them behaving like this, and all you say is they will make it up again?’ Abba Poemen said to him, Try and think that inwardly I was not here to see it.’

Sayings of the Desert Fathers, B. Ward, p. 191

 

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