Category Archives: Humility

Unequal Judgment

As we saw in a recent article, God is no fan of equality. He rewards people differently, in different ways, in different amounts. And if we truly love our brother, this is a cause for rejoicing. This surprises some people. People … Continue reading

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Ungodly Equality

A person works on your property for an hour, and you pay him $100 for one hour of work. Another person works the same job for you, all day, putting in ten hours of hard labor. You pay him $10/hour for his work.  … Continue reading

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Pride Speaks

I once caught this mad imposter (pride) as it was rising in my heart, bearing on its shoulders its mother, vainglory. Roping them with the noose of obedience and thrashing them with the whip of humility, I demanded how they … Continue reading

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Lighten Our Darkness

But when the Holy Spirit dwells in the heart of a person, He shows him all his inner poverty and weakness, and the corruption of his heart and soul, and his separation from God; and with all his virtues and … Continue reading

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Humility is Required for Salvation

Having fallen from his heavenly rank through pride, the devil constantly strives to bring down also all those who wholeheartedly wish to approach the Lord; and he uses the same means which caused his own downfall, that is pride and … Continue reading

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Seeing Yourself

Stephanos had once described to me how, one day, during a state of deep prayer, he foolishly asked God to reveal to him how he actually looked spiritually. That invocation triggered in Stephanos a negative mystical experience that led him … Continue reading

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Fr. Maximos on the Jesus Prayer

“Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” ~ “The Jesus Prayer, Father Maximos told me earlier, is the most powerful way of contacting God. It fills the mind with grace as the person keeps … Continue reading

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How to Practice Humility

How are we to come to this saving humility, leaving behind us the deadly swelling of arrogance? By exercising ourselves in it in all things, and by keeping in mind that there is nothing which cannot be a danger to … Continue reading

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Interpreting Scripture with Humility

One elder passed seventy weeks in fasting, eating food only twice a week, as he begged the Lord to reveal to him the meaning of a passage in Holy Scripture. But God would not reveal it to him. Seeing this, … Continue reading

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Church Mice

“We Orthodox, particularly those of us who are Western converts,” Bishop Kallistos said, “are often in danger of becoming church mice. We just live inside the church and nibble at the crumbs in the church, but we don’t look outside … Continue reading

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