A Fallen Monk Seeks Advice from Saint Sisoes the Great

St. Sisoes the Great

A young monk said to Abba Sisoes: “Abba, what should I do? I fell.” The elder answered: “Get up!” The monk said: “I got up and I fell again!” The elder replied: “Get up again!” But the young monk asked: “For how long should I get up when I fall?” “Until your death,” answered Abba Sisoes. “For a man heads to his judgment either fallen or getting back up again.”

* This excerpt is from “Confession: Dooway to Forgiveness” by Jim Forest


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