St. Marcarius of Optina

“Recognize the root of anger and wrath.
Root it out with its very opposite, humility,
with the help of God, Who looks upon the humble.”

“You become upset, and malice against
everyone boils in your soul;
this if from self-love and vainglory.
Always strive to consider yourself to be
worse and more sinful than anyone on
the earth in the sight of God.
During such a time, fervently say,
‘Lord have mercy on us sinners,’
which will include you and those
with whom you have become angry.”

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