Gleanings from Orthodox Christian Authors and the Holy Fathers

Egotism

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Where egotism is, there the Spirit of God does not exist…The person who has egotism does not draw anyone. REF:Elder Amphilochios of Patmos +1970



6. May you love one another and not be embittered by reason of egotism. Humility is a sure guide; it does not allow the one who has it to strike against the reefs of carelessness and be crushed, but as a luminous guide it leads faultlessly to safety. REF:Elder Ephraim of Philotheou Mount Athos, "Counsels from the Holy Mountain"

Egotism is the most evil of evils; this creates for us all faults, through insubmissive thoughts. Fear this, and endeavor to be free of it, for as much as it remains undefeated within us, by that much will it wound us with proportionate sufferings. REF:Elder Ephraim of Philotheou Mount Athos, "Counsels from the Holy Mountain"

I beg, do not criticize one another, for it is egotism through and through. Let brother excuse fault of brother; this is testimony of humility and love. The brother who does this will find much grace from God, but that one who judges and scandalizes his neighbor must know that he will find no grace, and if he has any he will lose it, in order to learn the lesson of humility through misfortune. REF:Elder Ephraim of Philotheou Mount Athos, "Counsels from the Holy Mountain"





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