Reflection on a Saying of a Desert Christian: Saint Ephraim

“A blossom is the beginning of fruit bearing,” Saint Ephraim writes, “and submission the beginning of humility. The humble man is, as a rule, obedient, respects the lowly and the great, and shows leniency and kindness.”

When a blossom is formed on, for example, a tomato plant, the blossom gives way to the fruit which forms from the blossom.  The blossom submits for the benefit of the fruit to come.

So with obedience.  We submit to a spiritual director, for instance, because we wish to grow in holiness, live better lives that more fully reflect God into the world. If we have truly developed humility, we love our neighbors, whoever they might be as ourselves. We practice compassion to all.


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