True humility is the inability to see evil in other people. Such a virtue leads to the discovery in man of an angelic vision rather than demonism, as in the world, where we only observe evil. A humble man sees himself in accordance to the vision in which everything was created by God, and through grace finds great glory according to the Gospel.
Whoever lives in love lives in Eternity: “Anyone who lives and believes in me will never die” (John 11: 26). Choose the most important thing in life – Love, and everything else is like dust.
Love is the life of the soul, but not every soul can love, since love is always extremely painful.
The silence of your heart is the voice of God, and the humility of your heart is the voice of peace.
The fruit of sin is falsity, its taste is atrocious, its vision is blindness, and its state is the absolute despair of the soul. If you eat the poisonous fruits of sin you can not see the beauty of heaven and earth, you do not hear the clear voice of the forest and the fields, you do not feel the fresh fragrance of flowers. The charm of the vast expanse of the sea is missing, and even more so, and this is the most tragic – the mysterious vastness of the human soul, the living God, is not available. Because we do not know grace and we do not have the power to change spiritually, based on the experience of life and the good morals that it is impossible to have without Christ.
Without patience, all our efforts are transformed into nothing: physical difficulties seem unbearable and spiritual oppression seems insurmountable.
Do not change the world, change only a small part of this world – yourself, and the whole world will change after you.
Monk Symeon of Athos