Because our Orthodox faith is one of tradition and liturgical structure, it is easy to fall into the trap of being nothing more than a Pharisee. Being strict in one’s observance of Orthodox practices can easily lead to pride and arrogance. If you find yourself feeling better than others and proud of your piety, you have gained absolutely nothing.
The external practice of the Orthodox Christian faith without heartfelt humility and repentance leads down the road of spiritual ruin.

– Abbot Tryphon of All Merciful Savior Orthodox Monastery

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