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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Sayings of the Holy Fathers:

"Stop pleasing yourself and you will not hate your brother; stop loving yourself and you will love God."

St. Maximos the Confessor


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Inner and real humility is for one to feel, that whatever he has, life, health, wealth, wisdom all are foreign, are gifts of God.

Elder Joseph the Hesychast


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..the more a man is found worthy to receive God's gifts, the more he ought to consider himself a debtor to God, who has raised him from the earth and bestowed on dust the privilege of imitating to some degree its Creator and God. For to endure injustice with joy, patiently to do good to one's enemies, to lay down one's own life for one's neighbor, and so on, are gifts from God, bestowed on those who are resolved to receive them from Him through their solicitude in cultivating and protecting what has been entrusted to them, as Adam was commanded to do (cf. Gen. 2:15).

St. Peter of Damascus
Book 1: A Treasury of Divine Knowledge, The Philokalia Vol. 3 176
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