Humility is resting assured, without the slightest doubt, you’re most unworthy, that you don’t deserve to receive God’s grace. Humility is realizing the mercy of God is all you can hope for; that God is merciful, compassionate. Humility is knowing God has deserted no one, so He won’t leave you on your own. And hanging on God’s mercy.
It’s no use saying a prayer or some sweet praying
words and feeling some kind of euphoria. That’s not
enough. The merciful God would bestow His grace and bless the soul with His joy, anyway. Spiritually, we don’t make progress like this but only through our mistakes. We go ahead when we realize we fought the good fight to no effect. We go ahead when, de- spite deeply wishing for devoutness, our efforts fall flat. This “crash landing” leads to true humility.
That’s what attracts grace and brings the gifts of
God to the humble soul.
Archimandrite Symeon Kragiopoulos (†)
From the book: Archimandrite Symeon Kragiopoulos, “SPIRITUAL MESSAGES” Panorama Thessaloniki, 2017