“When the faithful man, who always pays strict attention to the commandments of God, performs all that the divine commandments enjoin and directs his mind toward their sublimity, that is, to a conduct and purity that are above reproach, he will discover his own limitations. He will find that he is weak and lacks the power to attain to the height of the commandments, indeed that he is very poor…his soul will indeed mourn with that sorrow which is truly most blessed, which will receive comfort and make the soul meek”
(St. Simeon the New Theologian)