When the Master was a boy at school, a classmate treated him with persistent cruelty.
Now, older and contrite, he came to the monastery and was received with open arms.
One day, he brought up the subject of his former cruelty, but the Master seemed not to recall it.
Said the visitor, “Don’t you remember?”
Said the Master, “I distinctly remember forgetting it!” so they both melted in innocent laughter.
| Anthony de Mello SJ
Awakening: Conversations with the Masters
Anthony de Mello (1931-1987) was an Indian Jesuit priest and psychotherapist. A spiritual teacher, writer and public speaker, De Mello wrote several books on spirituality and hosted numerous spiritual retreats and conferences. He continues to be known for his storytelling, which drew from the various mystical traditions of both East and West.