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Not one of us can boast of having acquired humility: our actions, the whole of our life, prove the contrary. And where there is lack of humility pride is always present. Where light is wanting, darkness reigns.

Staretz Macarius of Opt
In the vast sea which is the life of the church the true tradition of the Spirit flows like a clear pure stream & he who would be in this stream must renounce argument. When anything of self is introduced the waters no longer run clear, for God's supreme wisdom & truth are the opposite of human wisdom & truth. Such renun-ciation appears intolerable, insane, to the self-willed, but the man who is not afraid to become a fool has found true life & true wisdom.
Arch. Sophrony