“What is divine humility?”
“To have the imprint of Christ in one’s heart and to see how far away one is from it.” Archimandrite Zachariah
Words of Eternal Life by Father Sophrony Sakharov of Essex , disciple of St. Silouan the Athonite
In Paradise Adam lost the dialogue he had with God because of sin. Christ, through His Incarnation, attempted to convince him, through repentance, to continue the conversation that he had with Him in Paradise. He shouts, “repent.” But God has changed the rules of communication. In Paradise he said to him: “subdue the earth.” Now he says to him: “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave.” (Mt 20:25-27). In the beginning man was expected to become the ruler of the earth. Now the earth is governed by the rulers. This means, whoever wishes to be saved must become the servant and the slave of everyone else according to the example of Jesus Christ. The rules have been overturned and this is the way repentance is expressed.
Saint Silouan writes: “Brethren, Before the face of my God I write: Humble your hearts, and while yet on this earth you will see the mercy of the Lord, and know your Heavenly Creator, and your souls will never have their fill of love.”
”If you do not feel pity for the sinner destined to suffer the pains of hellfire, it means that the grace of the Holy Spirit is not in you, but an evil spirit. While you are still alive, therefore, strive by repentance to free yourself from this spirit.”
God showed His love to man by disclosing the Way of His Son upon earth; and man, in his turn, shows his love to God when he follows this Way, which is the way of humility.
Through the prayers of Fr. Sophrony of Essex, of all the ascetic Fathers and all the saints, O Lord of compassion and hope, have mercy on us and save us!