If you ask me about the most important things in religion, I will answer that the first, second and third things are humility.
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‘A humble man is never rash, hasty or perturbed, never has any hot and volatile thoughts, but at all times remains calm. Even if heaven were to fall and cleave to the earth, the humble man would not be dismayed. Not every quiet man is humble, but every humble man is quiet. There is no humble man who is not self-constrained; but you will find many who are self-constrained without being humble.’ – St Issac the Syrian #orthodoxy #humility #churchfathers #lent #orthodoxy
“But let your fasts be moderate, since if they are carried to excess they weaken the stomach, and by making more food necessary to make up for it lead to indigestion, which is the parent of lust. A festival, temperate diet is good for both body and soul.” – St. Jerome #christianity #copticorthodox #coptic #dailyreading #lent #humility #fasting
“There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart.” – St. Augustine #christianity #copticorthodox #coptic #dailyreading #humility
Nothing shall let the feet slip, but pride. Love will move the feet to walk, and to ascend; whereas pride would lead them to stumble and fall. – St. Augustine
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And he sat down, and called the twelve, and said unto them,
If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all. – Mark 9:35
If you are in love with precedence and the highest honor, pursue the things in last place, pursue being the least valued of all, pursue being the lowliest of all, pursue being the smallest of all, pursue placing yourselves behind others. The Gospel of St. Matthew, Homily
– St John Chrysostom #coptic #churchfathers #orthodoxy #humility #ancientfaith #stjohnchyrsostom
A humble man is never rash, hasty or perturbed, never has any hot and volatile thoughts, but at all times remains calm. Even if heaven were to fall and cleave to the earth, the humble man would not be dismayed… For the humble man is always at rest, because there is nothing which can agitate or shake his mind. Just as no one can frighten a mountain, so the mind of a humble man cannot be frightened. If it be permissible and not incongruous, I should say that the humble man is not of this world. For he is not troubled and altered by sorrows, nor amazed and enthused by joys, but all his gladness and his real rejoicing are in the things of his Master. Humility is accompanied by modesty and self-collectedness: that is, chastity of the senses; a moderate voice; mean speech; self-belittlement; poor raiment; a gait that is not pompous; a gaze directed towards the earth; superabundant mercy; easily flowing tears; a solitary soul; a contrite heart; imperturbability to anger; undistributed senses; few possessions; moderation in every need; endurance; patience; fearlessness; manliness of heart born of a hatred of this temporal life; patient endurance of trials; deliberations that are ponderous, not light, extinction of thoughts; guarding of the mysteries of chastity; modesty, reverence; and above all, continually to be still and always to claim ignorance – St Isaac the Syrian
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“The woman’s humility secured her forgiveness of sins” ~ St. Augustine
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“Washing the feet is specifically performed by the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the One who washes the inner depths and forgives sins. A person who forgives those who hurt him through love and humility applies and shares one of the Lord’s greatest features. Such a person is counted as one who enjoys the new and blessed life in Jesus Christ. When the Lord says “…blessed are you”, He reveals His heavenly glory and life which we experience as we practice such acts.”
Origen the Scholar
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“It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.” – St. Augustine #humble #humility #dailyreading #coptic #orthodox
“Hold to humility, for he who humbles himself will be exalted. The humble one is beloved from God and men, and his appearance is terrifying to the devils.” – St. Pope Cyril VI
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“Humility is to deem all humankind better than you, being certain in your heart that you are more sinful than all.”
Saint Antony the Great
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St. Anthony said, “I saw the snares that the enemy spreads out over the world, and I said groaning, “What can get through from such snares?” Then I heard a voice saying to me, “Humility.””
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If someone speaks to you harshly, hasten to prostrate before him, lest anger find a place in your heart.
If someone is unfair to you, again, prostrate before him and ask for his forgiveness.
– Abba Isaiah of El Eskeet .
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He honored the Father all the more, not that you may honor him less but that you may marvel all the more. Here we learn that he is truly a son who honors his father more than all else. No one could have honored God the Father more than God the Son. The measure of his sublimity corresponds with the depth of his humility. – St John Chrysostom .
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“He exhorted them to acquire humility and simplicity, demonstrating in that child, purity from jealousy, from vain glory, and from love of authority”
St John Chrysostom
“I shed tears when I see myself sitting on a chair higher than those of others and when I get more respect than they do”
St John Chrysostom
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“He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He has put down the mighty from their thrones, And exalted the lowly.”
“Take refuge in weakness and simplicity, that you may live acceptably before God and be without care. For just as a shadow follows a body, so also does mercy follow humility.”
St Isaac the Syrian
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“Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility”
1Peter 5:5 .
“Blessed the one who continually humbles himself willingly; he will be crowned by the One who willingly humbled himself for our sake.”
St Ephraim the Syrian
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“O Lord, truly I am your servant” – Psalm 116:16
“Do we return thanks to our servants, for waiting upon us? By no means. Yet God is thankful even to us, who serve not Him (as we should), but rather do that which is expedient for ourselves.
But let us not act as if God owed us thanks. Let us act instead as if we were paying a debt. For the matter truly is a debt, and all that we do is of a debt. For if when we purchase slaves with our money, we wish them to live altogether for us; and for whatever they have, to have it for us, how much more must it be so with Him, Who brought us out of nothing into being; and Who, after this, bought us with His precious Blood, having paid such a price for us as no one would endure to pay even for his own son, and Who shed His own Blood for us? If therefore we had ten thousand souls – even if we should lay them all down for Him – would this make an equal return? By no means. And why? Because He did this owing us nothing; instead, the whole was a matter of grace. But we, on the other hand, are debtors. Being God Himself, He became a servant; and not being subject to death, He subjected Himself to death in the flesh. We – if we do not voluntarily lay down our lives for Him now – must by the law of nature must certainly lay them down later. The same is also true in the case of riches; if we do not bestow them on our fellow men now for His sake, we shall render them up from necessity at our end. So it is also with humility. Although we are not willingly humble for His sake, we shall be made humble by tribulations, by calamities, by over-ruling powers. Do you see, therefore, how great is the grace! Our Lord does all the work, making us humble by these things, and then He rewards us for the humility He has implanted in us.” – St. John Chrysostom
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“Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 18:4
“To obtain rest here and in the life to come, we have to struggle in planting the mother of all goodness, which is that of humility in our souls. In this way we are able to cross the sea of this world with no waves, and we conclude our journey to this peaceful harbour.” He moreover says, “Nothing is acceptable to God more than when man considers himself to be last of all. This is the foremost principle for practical wisdom. He who is modest and wounded in his heart will never like vain glory, or someone wrathful, or envious of his neighbour, or someone who resorts to any lust or passion.” – St. John Chrysostom
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“Lord, remember David and all his afflictions” – Psalm 131 (132):1
“How compassionate was his spirit! He was truly justified, as it came in his psalm: “Lord, Remember David and all his meekness” Let us follow his lead; … Let us utter no word against our adversary, nor do him evil, but present to him goodness as much as we can; As by that, we do good to ourselves more than to him; according to the Lord’s command to forgive our enemies, so that God will also forgive us (Matthew 6: 14).” – St. John Chrysostom #afflictions #meekness #humility #stbishoy #stpishoy #forgive #loveyourenemies
“Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me.” – Mark 9:37
“The Lord has honored man by means of his incarnation, and he has honored the poor by considering them his younger brothers, and whatever is done to them is offered for his account. Here he is honoring childhood; he, who accepts a child in his name, accepts him. I wonder who would not be eager enough to embody the nature of ‘modest childhood’ carrying the name of the Messiah, the king? Indeed, the Lord has sanctified childhood for he himself has become a child. He still does sanctify it, for his name is carried by the little children.” – Fr. Tadros Malaty
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“Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
– I Peter 5:5-7
“We cannot understand what pleases God unless we humble ourselves, so do not focus your mind on discovering the defects and sins of others, but rather concentrate on finding out your own defects and sins.”
-Saint Basil the Great
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Jesus spoke these words… O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
Be released from that self which you
worship instead of God and which you try always to glorify and exalt before others.
Does the world glorify you, my beloved brother? And do you accept this? … Do you not know
that glory is due to God alone because He is the Creator and the author of all creation? He alone is self-existent, eternal, powerful and present everywhere… Do you not know that when
you glorify yourself or when you let others glorify you, you rob one of God’s attributes and ascribe it to yourself!! … When people praise you, remember the two beautiful verses which say, “I do not receive honor from men.” “And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself ‘ (John. 5:41, 17:5). Learn them by heart and repeat them always within you.
– Pope Shenouda
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