And How Do I Know…

...that the end of Judas may not be mine…?  If you see a person who is a murderer, and a thief, and an adulterer, and a shedder of blood, then you perhaps may convince yourself that you are okay; but if such persons turn to Christ and make good their lives, they may precede me into God’s kingdom.  Think so of every person.  For if your humility is developed in direct proportion to your abilities, then you will never fall.  But become neglectful of this, even for an instant, then rest assured that you have cut yourself off from the love that God extends to you….  But if you lay up for yourself humility and contempt for your own good…nothing can stand against you.  As the holy man Evagrius said, After the vanquishing of all other sins, there still remain two which will wage war against us until death, namely, vainglory and pride.

The Paradise Of The Holy Fathers, Wallis Budge (tr.)