Gleanings from Orthodox Christian Authors and the Holy Fathers
Where egotism is, there the Spirit of God does not exist…The person who
has egotism does not draw anyone. REF:Elder Amphilochios of
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