Elder Ignatius Kapnisis of Evia: Christ says in Gospel, “for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
St. John of Kronstadt writes: Remember that the one word of the publican, said from a fervent heart, justified him. God does not look at the multitude of words, but upon the disposition of the heart. The chief thing is lively faith and fervent repentance for sins.
St Ambrose of Optina: “No better rule of prayer than that given us by the Publican — ‘Lord have mercy on me a sinner.’”