On Patience & Humility- by: St. Seraphim of Sarov

St. Seraphim of Sarov

One should always endure any trial for the sake of God with gratitude. Our life is a single minute in comparison with eternity; and therefore, according to the Apostle, the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us (Rom. 8:18).

Bear it in silence when any enemy offends you, and open your heart to the Lord. When anyone demeans or takes away your honour try by every means to forgive him, in accordance with the word of the Evangelist: Of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again (Lk. 6:30).

When men revile us, we should consider ourselves unworthy of praise. If we were worthy, everyone would bow down to us.

We should always and before everyone humble ourselves, following the teachings of St. Isaac the Syrian: Humble yourself and you will see the glory of God in yourself (Homily 57).

For this reason let us love humility and we shall see the glory of God; for where humility issues forth, there the glory of God abounds.

What is not in the light is all dark; likewise without humility there is nothing in a man but darkness alone.

Excerpt taken from the book: Little Russian Philokalia, Vol. I: St. Seraphim

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