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True Humility

February 07, 2011 Length: 1:01

St. Gregory of Sinai on what constitutes true humility.

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If you’ve ever heard a person brag about their their supposed humility, you might wonder: what is true humility? St. Gregory of Sinai says:

…true humility does not say humble words, nor does it assume humble looks, it does not force oneself either to think humbly of oneself, or to abuse oneself in self-belittlement. Although all such things are the beginning, the manifestations and the various aspects of humility, humility itself is grace, given from above. There are two kinds of humility, as the holy fathers teach: to deem oneself the lowest of all beings and to ascribe to God all one’s good actions. The first is the beginning, the second the end.


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