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We can be greatly helped in our labor to acquire the virtues, if we have the saints as exemplars of sanctity.

We can be greatly helped in our labor to acquire the virtues, if we have the saints as exemplars of sanctity. By comparing ourselves with the saints, we recognize our passions - are censured and humbled - and then, with philotimo(*) and divine zeal, we struggle to imitate them. We have no excuse for not making progress, because we have the instruction of the saints and their lives — their holy example. All of the saints are children of God, who help us, afflicted children of God that we are, by showing us how we can be delivered from the wiliness of the cunning devil.

St. Paisios the Athonite
On PASSIONS and VIRTUES

(*) Philotimo, is the spontaneous, self-sacrificing love shown by humble people, from whom every trace of self has been filtered out, full of gratitude towards God and their fellow man. Philotimo comes from a deep, abiding connection with God, so that one is constantly moved to do and seek that which is good, right and honorable.
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