In the depth of your being, in your soul, it is im- portant to feel like this, “What am I my Lord? I am nothing. I am a big zero. Indeed, not only a zero, but a sinful zero”. And then the grace of God will come to you and thanks to it, you will become a spiritual man out of nothing. Don’t be afraid to look at your sinfulness for what it is; and at the same time, believe in God’s mercy and compassion. God wants to save all men. He loves you, too and saves you, too.
This is how to be truly humble and have hope of salvation.
When a drop, a beam of the Holy Spirit’s grace comes into the soul, it becomes a sun that dries out, wipes out and eliminates all things that seem ter- rible, all things that concern us and into which we sink. And it wipes out the things that blacken the soul so thoroughly, as if they never existed
Archimandrite Symeon Kragiopoulos (†)
From the book: Archimandrite Symeon Kragiopoulos, “SPIRITUAL MESSAGES” Panorama Thessaloniki, 2017
When the grace of God will come