Pride, Poverty and God’s Providence

“But as soon as grace sees that a little self-esteem has begun to steal into a man’s thoughts, and that he has begun to think great things of himself, she immediately permits the temptations opposing him to gain in strength and prevail, until he learns his weakness, and takes to flight, and clings to God in humility. 

"I was with God and with the devil. And I reached out for God"

 By these things a man comes to the stature of a perfect man in the faith and hope of the Son of God, and is lifted up unto love.  For God’s marvelous love of man is made known to him when he is in the midst of circumstances that cut off  his hope; herein God shows His power by saving him.  A man of circumstances can never learn what divine power is while he abides in comfort and spacious living.”  (The Ascetical Homilies of St Isaac the Syrian)

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