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The seventh degree of humility is, that he should not only call himself with his tongue lower and viler than all, but also believe himself in his inmost heart to be so, humbling himself, and saying with the prophet: “I am a worm and no man, the shame of men and the outcast of the people” (Psalm 21:7). “I have been exalted, and cast down, and confounded” (Psalm 87:16). And again: “It is good for me that Thou hast humbled me, that I may learn Thy commandments” (Psalm 118:71).
The seventh degree of humility is indispensable to one who, according to Saint John Cassian, has set his sights on the immediate goal of the monastic life, that is purity of heart. “Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). For this a man willingly suffers all the losses inherent to the monastic way and embraces all its rigors and hardships. Saint John Cassian writes:
Our profession too has its own goal and end, for which we undergo all