Brethren, behold the words of the Chief Apostle from today’s Epistle reading:

“5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Peter 5:5”

The Fathers draw a clear distinction between pride and humility. Just as pride comes before a fall, so does grace follow after humility.

 When pride retreats from a man, humility begins to dwell in him, and the more pride is diminished, so much more does humility grow. The one gives way to the other as its opposite. Darkness departs and light appears. Pride is darkness, but humility is light.
                                                               St. Tikhon of Zadonsk
                                                               “Journey to Heaven”
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