Monday, March 15, 2010

Life of St. Nikolai Velimirovich, The New Chrysostom, Bishop of Ochrid and Zhicha

Commemorated March 5/18 (+1956)

Beloved, even if we should attain the very pinnacle of virtue, let us consider ourselves least of all, as we have learned that pride is able to cast down even from the heavens the person who does not take heed, and humility of mind is able to bring up on High from the very abyss of sin the person who knows how to be sober. For this is what placed the Publican before the Pharisee. By pride I mean an overwhelming boastful spirit, surpassing even incorporeal powers, that of the devil himself while humility of mind and acknowledgment of sins by the robber is what brought him into Paradise before the Apostles. —St. John Chrysostom

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