Nov 17, 2022
God fear leads to humbleness and heart contrition.
In humbleness one should say, Who am I the dust to challenge God and break His commandments! Even when praying,
one would say, Who am I to stand in God presence and speak to Him!
We have the example of the Pharisee and the tax-collector:
The tax collector went up to the temple, and standing afar off,
would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, God, be merciful to me a sinner!
So he went down to his house justified rather than the Pharisee who stood praying and boasting of his fasting and giving of the tithes,
and judging the tax collector and saying,
I am not like other men – extortioners, unjust, adulterers.(Lk 18: 10- 14)