Desert Wisdom: We Always Need Grace

Antony said to Poemen, “Our great work is to lay the blame for our sins upon ourselves before God, and to expect to be tempted to our last breath.” (The Sayings of the Desert Fathers, 15:2).

Humility provides us with two essentials in the spiritual life:  personal accountability (vs. blaming others) and the awareness that Satan will never give up trying to defeat us.  Both elements keep the ego in its place, and both require grace to achieve them.

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Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies at the Florida-Dunnam campus of Asbury Theological Seminary in Orlando. Author and co-author of 19 books, the latest two being Talking in the Dark: Praying When Life Doesn't Make Sense and A Pocket Guide to Prayer--both published by Upper Room Books.
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One Response to Desert Wisdom: We Always Need Grace

  1. Bill says:

    Great post. Thanks.

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