St. Hospitius shut himself up in an old tower near Villafranca. He practiced the severest austerities and lived on bread and water. He had the gift of prophecy and foretold the ravages which the Lombards would make in Gaul. These barbarians, upon discovering the saint, threatened to kill him. God protected him and the soldiers retired.
Lo, a servant of God who esteemed earthly things but little
And by word and work laid him up treasure in heaven.
The Imitation of Christ
For when the grace of God cometh to a man, then is he powerful for all things; and when it departeth, then is he poor and weak, and left only as it were to scourgings.
St. Hospitius left the world to live alone. When some soldiers invaded his tower they thought him a prisoner who had been bound there; he acknowledged that he was a great sinner, but they could not harm him, because God prevented.
Perhaps you do not mind saying disparaging things about yourself from time to time; but how do you feel about it if somebody else says those very things about you; or even believes what you are saying? You dislike that; that is an evidence of a kind of silly pride.
O wad some power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us.