“Humility is the mother of all virtues; purity, charity and obedience. It is in being humble that our love becomes real, devoted and ardent. If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are. If you are blamed you will not be discouraged. If they call you a saint you will not put yourself on a pedestal.”
- Mother Teresa, In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories and Prayers
It is fitting that at the end of the year, our focus is on humility; the mother of all virtues as Mother Teresa describes it. From September to now, we have introduced a different virtue to our students each month. Our deepest desire for all of our students at ASA is that they go on to lead lives of virtue and that they, outside of our walls, will be an example to others of what it means to lead a virtuous life. We provide them with these tools based on our Orthodox Faith that when they are grown, they will remember the words and example of the ASA staff and of you, their parents, in order to persevere in the virtues.
“We suffer because we have no humility and we do not love our brother. From love of our brother comes the love of God. People do not learn humility, and because of their pride cannot receive the grace of the Holy Spirit, and there for the whole world suffers.”
-St. Silouan the Athonite
May we always strive for humility in all areas of our life.