The protection of heaven

There’s a worse inundation than water: if you’re inundated by the passions. When the passions start to burn, when they begin to smoke and blacken everything, when they give off their stench and it gets everywhere. Where will people go then and who will save them? Only under the hand of God, only under His protection, in the refuge from above. The flood of the passions almost engulfed David but he fled from them and found refuge in the strong arm of the Lord Most High: He escaped the fire, the smoke and the stench of the passions that were pursuing him. He escaped to the protection from above.

“Saint Nikolaj Velimirović”

In this photo a monk adjusts the cover of an icon of Paramythia crafted in Vatopaidi’s atelier.