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the whole of this city,will go into the Kingdom of God, while I alone will go into eternal punishment…

27471.pAn old man was asked, ‘What is humility?’ He replied, ‘It is when your brother sins against you and you forgive him before he comes to ask for forgiveness.‘ ”From the Desert Fathers.

When blessed Antony was praying  in his cell,  a voice  spoke to him,  saying,Antony, you  have not yet come to  the measure  of the the  tanner who  is in Alexandria.” When  he heard this, the old   man arose and   took his stick and hurried into the city. When he had found the tanner…he said to him, “Tell me about your work, for today I have left the desert and come here to see you.”

 He replied, “I am not aware that I  have done anything  good. When I get up in the morning,  before I sit down to  work, I say that the whole of this city, small and great, will go into the Kingdom of  God because of their good deeds, while I alone will go into eternal punishment  because of my evil deeds. Every evening I repeat the same words and believe them in my heart.”
 When blessed Antony heard this he said, “My son, you sit in your own house and work well, and you have  the peace of  the Kingdom of God; but  i spend all my time in solitude with no distractions, and i have not come near the measure of such words.”

So, if a man lacks extreme humility, if he is not humble with all his heart, all his mind, all his spirit, all his soul and body – he will not inherit the kingdom of God. St Anthony the Great,

“Early Fathers From the Philokalia,” by E. Kadloubovsky and GEH Palmer, (London: Faber and Faber, 1954), pp. 45-46

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