Inspired by Saints
by Scott D. Hendricks
The man who despairs of himself when he hears of the supernatural virtues of the Saints is most unreasonable. On the contrary, the Saints teach you supremely one of two things: Either they arouse you to emulation by their holy courage, or they lead you by way of thrice-holy humility to deep self-contempt and the realization of your inherent weakness.
~ St. John Climacus
St. John Climacus, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, translated by Archimandrite Lazarus Moore (London: Faber and Faber, 1959), 126.