Tag Archives: Humility

What do human beings do?

38. Abba Daniel said that the holy Arsenius told the brothers the following story as if it were about someone else, although it was obvious that it was himself who had had this vision: “One of the seniors,” he said, “suddenly … Continue reading

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His loving kindness

48. Yet do not think that we fall into fantasies or other passions at God’s will. God allows this to happen because of our negligence, and in His loving kindness and for our salvation, leads us to humility by means … Continue reading

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Be Humble

41.  The  Lord  wishes  you  to  regard  every  man  as  superior  to yourself.  Show  obedience  to  your  staretz (spiritual father) in  all  things  and  do  all that  he  tells  you,  whether  it  refers  to  food  or drink  or  some  other … Continue reading

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How to reach peace?

4· One man reaches peace in the Lord by his godly labour; another attains the same by humility. But you should strive to obtain peace in return for both the one and the other, when anger has died in your … Continue reading

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The Men of the Koinonia

the glory of the men of the koinonia, who have a good way of life together with the excellence of the toils they impose on themselves are superior to those of men who lead the anchoritic life. Continue reading

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Like the Angels

‘John has become an angel, and henceforth he is no longer among men.’ Then the other begged him saying, ‘It is I.’ However, his brother did not let him in, but left him there … Continue reading

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The Scroll

Truly, these are holy and righteous men whom ye have mentioned, yet not one of them can receive this scroll—only Ephraim, who is meek and humble of heart Continue reading

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The level of Good Thoughts

When one has attained the level of good thoughts, one should take extreme care to keep these points in mind, lest out of negligence or conceit one is deprived of God’s grace, as St Isaac says: When God-given thoughts increase … Continue reading

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Doctrine of Christ

38. Contrition is one thing, self-knowledge is another, humility is another.  39. Contrition is the result of a fall. He who falls is crushed and stands in prayer without boldness but with praiseworthy persistence, as one who is shattered, steadying … Continue reading

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On the many forms of vainglory

The sun shines on all alike, and vainglory beams on all activities. For instance, I am vainglorious when I fast, and when I relax the fast in order to be unnoticed …. Continue reading

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