The one who is a lover of self, according to the Holy Fathers, can be neither a friend of God nor a friend of humans. He may pretend that he is, but at heart he loves only himself with a sick love. Unless we crucify our love of self on the Cross of Christ, we cannot be His true disciples, for we cannot acquire His true love.
Elder Georgios Grigoriatis (1935-2014)
Translated by Dr. Nick Stergiou
With sick love