St. Ephrem the Syrian: On Humility
Real humility is this
To consider oneself to be
the most sinful of all sinners
and that one has done nothing good before God.
The blame to oneself at every opportunity
and in any place and in every act
Not blaming anyone else
or thinking that there is someone on earth
more wretched or sinful than you
but to praise everyone
and to glorify them at times.
Never criticize or humiliate
or backbite someone ever.
Always keeping silence and not saying something
without being told to or without some urgent need
…. To speak or to answer calmly, quietly and rarely
as though being forced and ashamed to speak.
Not measuring oneself against anything
Not quarreling with anyone
… But if the other speaks correctly, simply say yes
But if they are mistaken, say “you know!”
to be obedient
and to hate one’s own will.