The man who asks God for less than he deserves will certainly receive more, as is shown by the publican who begged forgiveness but obtained salvation (cf. Luke 18:10-14). And the robber asked only to be remembered in the kingdom, yet he inherited all of Paradise (cf. Luke 23:43).
St. John Klimakos -The Ladder of Divine Ascent “On Humility”
Once, Abba Isaiah saw someone committing a grave sin. The “starets” did not accuse
him but said to himself: “If God, Who created him, sees this and is merciful toward him, then who am I to accuse him?”
Whoever strives towards God and really wants to become Christ’s follower must follow
Him, endeavoring to improve himself and become a new person, not retaining anything within oneself that is peculiar to the ancient person — for it is said:” if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” St. Macarius the Great
Like traders sailing on a ship during fair winds and a calm sea fear that sudden strong
winds and turbulent waters may place their ship in danger before they reach port, so do
Christians, even though they feel benevolent winnowing of the Holy Spirit, , fear that an ill-wind may arouse a turbulence of passions. Consequently, it is essential to take great care in order to reach the tranquil port of eternal life and eternal joy — the cities of Saints, Heavenly Jerusalem and the Churches of the firstborn. (Hebr. 12:23). St. Macarius the Great
A proud Christian needs no demon. He has turned into one, an enemy to himself.
Darkness is alien to light. Pride is alien to every virtue. St. John Klimakos -The Ladder of Divine Ascent “On Pride”
If pride turned some of the angels into demons, then humility can doubtless make angels out of demons. So take heart, all you sinners. St. John Klimakos -The Ladder of Divine Ascent “On Humility”
A solitary horse can often imagine itself to be at full gallop, but when it finds itself in a herd it then discovers how slow it actually is.
St. John Klimakos -The Ladder of Divine Ascent -On Humility
Who has ears to hear, let them hear.