When people restrain themselves from food but are gossiping and envy someone, it is considered a sin. What is the use of the bodily fasting if we ignore the spiritual fasting? What is the use of helping others if we amass fortune by stealing? What is the use of good deeds if we are proud? We are mixing good deeds with vainglory. The devil wins again. Even if we make good deeds, it is useless, because we are mixing them with evil.
Humbleness is as useful as the salt added in food, and can overcome the power of many sins. And if we do achieve it, we will become sons of God, allowing us to sit next to Him, even if we didn’t do anything else but being humble. Because without humbleness, everything, all our virtues and all our deeds are in vain.
Loneliness isolates you, makes you helpless, and prevents your spirit to enjoy the good things of this world, especially those of the spiritual world, while life in community saves you from many difficult situations. Nobody achieves salvation on their own, not even the monks, or priests or good Christians. All of us achieve salvation in community, in the bosom of Christ’s Church and we all are responsible of the others.
Usually, when it comes about himself, man is always unfair and changes the scale; he is more rightful towards himself, he chooses the better, the biggest, and the most beautiful part: he cries and rejoices for himself more than for others. But, Christ crucified on the Cross the love for oneself, and gave His life for us.