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Why Love Cannot Exist Without Humility

By Fr. Stephen Powley “Take up the sword of humility and meekness, hold it always in your hand, and mercilessly cut off the head of our chief foe.” This incredible man of God, St. Theophan the Recluse (+1891), passed on many wonderful writings for us. Here are just a few on Humility and Love. Each […]

One Place is Appointed for Christians to Offer Their Sacrifices

by St. Ignatius Brianchaninov As it is natural for the destitute to beg, it is natural for man, who has been reduced to poverty by the fall, to pray. Prayer is fallen and repentant man turning towards God. Prayer is the weeping of fallen and repentant man before God. Prayer is fallen man, slain by […]

In Proportion to Your Humility

by St. Isaac the Syrian In proportion to your humility you are given patience in your woes; and in proportion to your patience the burden of your afflictions is made lighter and you will find consolation; in proportion to your consolation, your love of God increases; and in proportion to your love, your joy in […]

The Acquisition Of Humility

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Among the imperatives of the Christian moral life, I wonder if any is the occasion of more bewilderment than the call to be humble. This impression arises not only from my own experience of the problem but also from the many times other Christians have asked me, “How can I […]

The Twelve Steps To Humility

by St. Benedict of Nursia Brothers, divine Scripture calls to us saying: “Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted” (Luke 14:11; 18:14). In saying this, therefore, it shows us that every exaltation is a kind of pride, which the Prophet indicates he has shunned, saying, “Lord, my heart is […]

The Humility of St. Gregory the Great

By St. John Moschos We encountered Abba John the Persian at the Lavra of Monidia and he told us this about Gregory the Great, the most blessed Bishop of Rome: “I went to Rome to pray at the tombs of the most blessed Apostles, Peter and Paul. One day as I was standing in the […]