It Takes Grace

Antony said to Poemen, “Our great work is to lay the blame for our sins upon ourselves before God, and to expect to be tempted to our last breath.” (The Sayings of the Desert Fathers, 15:2).

Humility provides us with two essentials in the spiritual life: personal accountability (vs. blaming others) and the awareness that Satan will never give up trying to defeat us. Both elements keep the ego in its place, and both require grace to achieve them.

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Love Wins