What is the Science of Salvation?

A collection of quotes and sayings about Truth from the great traditions of the world.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Spiritual Knowledge and Humility

 Unless curbed by the fear of God that accompanies the practice of the virtues, spiritual knowledge leads to vanity; for it encourages the person puffed up by it to regard as his own what has merely been lent to him, and to use his borrowed intelligence to win praise for himself. But when his practice of the virtues increases concomitantly with his longing for God, and he does not arrogate to himself more spiritual knowledge than is needed for the task in hand, then he is made humble, reduced to himself by principles which are beyond his capacity.
 
 
 
 
 
                                                           St. Maximos the Confessor
                                                           "Third Century"
                                                           (The Philokalia)