"Once an angel, watching from heaven how a man sins, turned to the Lord and said to Him: "How do you endure this low creature? If I were you, I would cleanse the earth from it." The Lord sent the angel to the earth to incarnate and left him in the same position, and the angel committed twice as many sins as the man he condemned. For one should not condemning people for their deeds from the place where he is placed, because in their place he would do the same mistakes and perhaps even bigger ones. Many have come to me and started like this: "We are not so bad people, we are educated, we are of noble birth." I do not doubt your words, I deeply believe in my soul what you tell me. We are all of noble birth, I support that: but your and my grandfathers and great-grandfathers were not as noble as you and I think. Many of them were great malnourished people, criminals, and probably vagabonds: the testimony that the Lord wrote about them, you and I, carry on top of us. Things may have some goodness on the outside, but they do not have the appropriate content on the inside. That our grandfathers and great-grandfathers were not as pure as we suppose is shown by those bad traits which we have inherited from them, which we show at least twice a day. If your grandparents, father and mother were pure and good as angels, where do these traits and bad manifestations in your life come from? If you put a little bitterness or poison in a certain liquid, it will be noticed and manifested: it will be known that something bad has been mixed into the good.
Strength and life ... "
- Quote from the talk Pharisee and tax collector ... held on October 5, 1914 in Sofia.
"When we decide to be different, they start judging us, but they don't know that they are judging their own impersonality.
When we dare to become different, they limit us, but they do not understand that they are limited by their own narrow-mindedness.
When we show that we are different, they envy us, but they do not know that they envy because of the lack of will and courage to change.
When we stand up for what we are, they isolate us to punish us, but they don't realize that they are punishing themselves in this way, depriving themselves of the opportunity to be authentic. "
- Scott Kilobi
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