Tag Archives: Humility

He Wrote on the Walls

Then, going to the wall, he read the names and cried to himself: ‘When you possess all these, then you will know how far you still are from God!’ Continue reading

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In Search For Humility

After a little while the desire for lowliness arose in him once more, and in the silence of the night he fled not just to a neighbouring province but to lands completely unknown to him. Continue reading

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The Monk and the Emperor

Another story on humility by abba Poemen: BEGIN 19.  (A longer version of V.xv.66) The blessed senior monk Poemen told the brothers the following account of a monk who lived in Constantinople in the time of the Emperor Theodosius. “He … Continue reading

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Abba Poemen and the Judge

“‘If the nobility are going to start coming to see me and pay me, respect,’ he thought to himself, ‘all sorts of other people will also want to come, and that will mean that the hidden quality of my life will be destroyed, and by the workings of the malignant devil I shall lose the grace of humility that with so much labour I have striven to cultivate, with the help of the Lord, from my youth up. Continue reading

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