Category : humility

Nearly 8 years ago

What is It OK to be Proud Of?

“It is shameful to be proud of the adornments that are not your own, but utter madness to fancy one deserves God’s gifts. Be

Nearly 12 years ago

Humility is Speed

The more we humble ourselves in painful repentance, the more rapidly our prayer reaches God. When, though, we lose humility, no ascetic striving will

Nearly 12 years ago

scarcely escaping the Judgment

Abba Orsisius said, “If an unbaked brick is put in the foundations near the river, it does not last for a single day, but

Nearly 12 years ago


“I prefer a sinful person, who knows his faults and is humbled, over a self-complacent person of virtue.” – Abba Sarmatias

Nearly 12 years ago

Knowledge proceeds, properly, to Apophasis

All I know is that I don’t know anything – Elder Gabriel of Kazaa

Nearly 12 years ago

To be Dead to the World

A desert father was teaching his disciple about humility. He told the young man to spend the day in the cemetery and to yell

Nearly 12 years ago

Because I have walked in great pride

“And he answered me, saying, The most High has made this world for many, but the world to come for few. . . .

Nearly 12 years ago

Our Life is Astonishment and Fear

“How should thy vessel then be able to comprehend the way of the Highest and, the world being now outwardly corrupted, to understand the

Nearly 12 years ago

Intentional Inferiority Complex

“The way of humility is this: self-control, prayer, and thinking yourself inferior to all creatures.” – Abba Tithoes

Nearly 12 years ago

Being a Goat

“I am one of the goats, but as for the sheep, God alone knows who they are.”  — Sayings of the Desert Fathers

Nearly 12 years ago

Hope vs. Concern

“He who has once placed his hope in God no longer is concerned over himself.” · St. Paisius Velichkovsky

Nearly 12 years ago

I Remember Achieving Nothing

“Humility is constant forgetfulness of one’s achievements.” · St. John Climacus

Nearly 12 years ago

Thinking Oneself Last

“Even if we should have mounted to the very pinnacle of virtue, let us consider ourselves last of all.” · St John Chrysostom

Nearly 12 years ago

Seeking to be Nothing

“Unless a man sets himself at utterly at nought, he cannot speak of the majesty of God.” · St. Diadochos of Photiki Comment: It