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NOBILITY

Nobility of spirit is all encompassing (closely enveloping or surrounding); it has philotimo, it has humility and simplicity, it has selflessness and honorability. It even has joy and spiritual exaltation (a state or feeling of intense, often excessive well-being). Without nobility all the spiritual efforts (like fasting, all night vigils (a watch kept during normal sleeping hours), prostrations (to put or throw flat with the face down, as in submission or adoration), and so forth) all go to waste.
Spiritual nobility is spiritual superiority; it is sacrifice (The act of offering something to a deity). Such a soul sacrifices itself for others without expecting anything in return. A noble soul forgets all that it gives, but remembers even the slightest thing given to. A noble soul only makes demands of itself, never from others. Such a noble soul has philotimo, humility, simplicity, selflessness, and honesty. It has it all. It also has the greatest joy and spiritual exaltation (a state or feeling of intense, often excessive well-being).
Philotimo is the spontaneous, self-sacrificing love shown by humble (not arrogant or prideful) people, from whom every trace of self has been filtered out, full of gratitude towards God and their fellow man. Philotimo comes from a deep, abiding connection with God, so that one is constantly moved to do and seek that which is good, right, and honorable. Out of spiritual sensitivity, such people try to repay the slightest good that others do for them.
Whatever you do, you should do with philotimo for Christ and not for vainglory (unwarranted pride in one's accomplishments or qualities) and pursuit of praise (admiration) from fellow men. When one works only for God, then he is rewarded by God both in this life with an abundance of His Grace (the infused presence of God), and in the other life with the gifts of Paradise.
Whoever grieves (To mourn or sorrow for) out of philotimo places the weight of responsibility upon himself, whereas, whoever grieves out of egoism places the weight of responsibility on others and claims that he is the one being wronged; his ego is injured. 
A spiritually noble person prefers to be killed rather than to kill. The more spiritual a person becomes, the fewer rights he has in this life. The spiritual person only gives and never asks to receive.
We should therefore decide which of the two we will choose: humility, which provides peace, or egoism which brings worry, anxiety and agitation? 
Example of noble response 
Woman asked repeatedly Jesus to help her daughter who was possessed.
Jesus replied  “It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs“.
Woman replied “yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table“.
With her noble response Jesus reassured her that her daughter had been healed.
If she had egoism then would have said to Christ, ‘I never expected you to consider me as a dog! I have lost all respect for you’.
Nobility contains ‘levedia’ for that is when the heart is really working. To understand nobility, think of Christ: What did He keep for Himself? Nothing. He gave away everything. He sacrificed Himself and He constantly sacrifices Himself for all of us. He gives us His love and takes away our sins. We on the contrary want to collect love. 
To become related to God, it is entirely based on one’s acquisition of spiritual nobility.
To let others weary themselves with menial (relating to work or a job of a servant) work, while I do my spiritual work is not spiritual, especially for a young person. A young person must see to it that he helps out the elderly. A young monastic cannot supposedly be doing spiritual work while an older monastic is straining himself to complete the chores. Is there any sacrifice in that? Does it have any nobility? Such a thing is empty and vain! Nothing moves God more than a noble spirit. Striving for spiritual nobility is the purity of the soul.
In order for God to take comfort in us there must be no self-interest, no will, no egoism, no desire to be loved by others, and so on. When one is free of these traits, then he has purity of soul, and even if one does not pray much, he is still related to God; he is united with God.


Vocabulary

Exaltation - A state or feeling of intense, often excessive exhilaration or well-being.
Fasting - The act of abstaining from food; the act of observing a fast.
Vigils - A watch kept during normal sleeping hours.
Prostrations -Prostrate; To put or throw flat with the face down, as in submission or adoration. 

SAINT PAISIOS

INTRODUCTION

VIRTUES

NOBILITY
HUMILITY
SIMPLICITY
DISCERNMENT
JOY
LOVE/TRUE LOVE
PHILOTIMO  (Greek word: φιλοτιμο)
LEVEDIA (Greek word: λεβεντια

PASSIONS (in progress)

INTRODUCTION

SELF-LOVE
EGOISM
CONDEMNATION
SORROW
ENVY
ANGER
DESPAIR
RESENTMENT


CONCLUSION