A servant of the Lord stands bodily before men, but mentally he is knocking at the gates of heaven with prayer.
An angel fell from Heaven without any other passion except pride, and so we may ask whether it is possible to ascend to Heaven by humility alone, without any other of the virtues.
As fire does not give birth to snow, so those who seek honor here will not enjoy it in heaven... As those who climb a rotten ladder are in danger, so all honor, glory, and power are opposed to humility.
Repentance lifts a man up. Mourning knocks at heaven's gate. Holy humility opens it.
Faith furnishes prayer with wings, without which it cannot soar to Heaven.
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