Day 20: daily lent practice: How? Attribute all good things to God

Day 20: daily lent practice: How? Attribute all good things to God

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“For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone
who is among you, not to think of himself more highly
than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God
has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” (Rom 12:3)

“Nothing is more opposed to God than pride, for
self-deification is concealed in it, its own nothingness
or sin. Thus more than anything humility is acceptable
to God, which considers itself nothing, and attributes
all goodness, honour, and glory to God alone. Pride
does not accept grace, because it is full of itself,
while humility easily accepts grace, because it is free
from itself, and from all that is created. God creates
out of nothing. As long as we think that we can offer
something of ourselves, He does not begin His work
in us.

Humility is the salt of virtue. As salt gives flavour to
food, so humility gives perfection to virtue. Without
salt, food goes bad easily, and without humility, virtue
is easily spoiled by pride, vainglory, impatience – and
it perishes. There is a humility which a man gains by
his own struggles: knowing his own insufficiency,
accusing himself for his failings, not allowing himself to
judge others. And there is a humility into which God
leads a man through the things that happen to him:
allowing him to experience afflictions, humiliations, and

St Philaret of Moscow

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