Saint Nikolai Velimirovič
“Pride goes before disaster” (Proverbs 16:18).
God permits humiliation and ruin to befall a proud man when he thinks that his strength is secured forever. When the pernicious Roman Eparch [Governor] Tarquinius beheaded Blessed Timothy, he summoned St. Sylvester and threatened him with death if he did not reveal Timothy’s inheritance and in addition immediately offer sacrifice to the idols. Without fear and trembling, this discerning saint responded to the eparch with the Evangelical words: “You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you” (St. Luke 12:20), “and that with which you boast that you will bring to me (i.e. death) will occur to you.” The proud eparch shackled Sylvester in chains and threw him into a dungeon intending to kill him shortly. Having done this, the eparch sat down to eat lunch, but a fish bone caught in his throat. From noon to midnight, the physicians struggled to save his life but all was in vain. At midnight, Tarquinius gave up his proud soul in greatest torments. And so the prophecy of St. Sylvester was fulfilled, as also were the Biblical words: “Pride goes before disaster” (Proverbs 16:18).
The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič for Old Calendar date February 3, and New Calendar date February 16
Elder Ignatius Kapnisis of Evia say :
“God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” James 4:6
Only the meek and humble enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
Be compared ourselves with God and not with other people.
The more the saints approach God, the more they see themselves as sinners.
“Run my soul! Run from sin, as Lot ran from the fire! Run from Sodom and Gomorrah! Run from the flame of every deceiving desire!” ~ from The Great Canon of St Andrew, Bishop of Crete