What is the Science of Salvation?

A collection of quotes and sayings about Truth from the great traditions of the world.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Patience

...And patience, Dearly Beloved, not alone keeps watch over what is good, it will also drive away evil.

St. Cyprian of Carthage
"The Sunday Sermons of the Great Fathers"

Repentance2

Repentance is reconciliation with the Lord by the practice of good deeds contrary to the sins.
St. John Climacus
"The Ladder of Divine Ascent" (Step 5)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Prayer2

If you yourself do not hear or understand what you are saying, how is it you want God to hear it?

Elder Ieronymos of Aegina
(on prayer)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Love2

When someone begins to expound to you about love or fruitful action independent of true belief, tell him: Wait, first believe correctly. By faith acquire all the salvific precepts of Christianity. Through them be united with the Lord, make your life and strength depend on Him like you would on an injection for your health and then you will begin to act in a fruitful way. It is a fact that the witness to a righteous life is fruitful activity in love, but in order to attain it and to remain in it one must accept all of God's Truth with faith and pass through all of God's sanctifying actions [on one's self]. Only under these conditions, i.e., by abiding in True Love, may we grow up into Him in all things, Who is the head, even Christ (Eph. 4,15). We could summarize thus: he who does not have the right Faith cannot enter into the proper state, and he who does not enter into the right state cannot properly act. Now do you see how one cannot say: "Believe as you wish, only love"?

Bishop Theophan the Recluse
"A God-pleasing Life, General Themes"

Humility 2

If you practice an excellent virtue without perceiving the taste of its aid, do not marvel; for until a man becomes humble, he will not receive the reward of his labor. The recompense is not given for labor but for humility. He who maltreats the latter loses the former.

St. Isaac the Syrian
"Ascetical Homilies" (Homily Fifty-Seven)

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Love Your Neighbor

...And now if you exert yourself in the prayer and pray continuously, if you read lives of saints and toil a little at night, you will quickly obtain what you seek, and your little soul will rejoice that Christ loves you so much. He is Love and He seeks love from us. It is when we love our neighbor that we show that we love Christ, too.

Elder Joseph the Hesychast
"Monastic Wisdom: Letters.." (77th Letter)

Holy Spirit

As the Lord put on the body, leaving behind all principality and power, so Christians put on the Holy Spirit, and are at rest.

St. Macarius the Great
"Spiritual Homilies" (Homily 26)

Friday, May 23, 2008

Repayment

...Repay your Benefactor with the practice of a good life. Reflect on the greatness of His sacrifice and so adorn the members of your body.

St. John Chrysostom
"Daily Readings"

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Grace

...The direct entrance of Christ's nature, of His good volitions into our nature is called grace, which is invisibly poured into us in the various inner states and outer incidents of our life, and especially in the holy Mysteries, if these are worthily received, that is, if our conscious, personal will freely submits itself to the mysterious flow of grace-inspired dispositions which Christ plants in our souls by the special means of communion which He has established.

Metropolitan Anthony Khrapovitski
"The Dogma of Redemption"

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Anger

But we have a use for anger most properly planted within us, and for this use alone is it profitable and healthful for us to entertain it, namely, when we burn with wrathful indignation against the lustful motions of our own hearts, and are enraged to find that those things which we should be ashamed to do or speak of before men have found admittance into the secret places of our minds. We may then well dread and fear exceedingly the presence of the Angels and the Omnipresence of God Himself, and His all-seeing Eye from which no secrets of our hearts can ever lie hid.

St. John Cassian
"Selected Writings"
(Of the Only Case in Which Anger is Good)

Mercy

No service is so pleasing to God as mercy, writes St. Gregory the Theologian, because it is most akin to the merciful and just God, to Whom one ought to bring mercy rather than judgement as a gift. The righteous Giver showers his love for humanity most on those who themselves show love for humanity...

St. John of Kronstadt
"Ten Homilies on the Beatitudes"
(7th Homily, On Mercy)

Monday, May 19, 2008

Daily Self Examination

It is said by the pillar of the Church, our great Father Basil, the mouth of Christ: 'It is a great help towards not sinning and not falling into the same sins on the following day, if at the end of the day we judge ourselves in our conscience, as far as we can, what we have done wrong and what we have done right. This also Job did on behalf of himself and his children." For this daily examination throws light on what happens every hour (teaches us to examine ourselves hourly, in order to see every hour how to act rightly).

Hesychius of Jerusalem
"Writings from the Philokalia"

Signs of Humility

A deep feeling of spiritual poverty, a lamentation at the existence of evil, a thirst after salvation, are to be found in every straightforward and humble soul.

St. John of Kronstadt
"My Life in Christ"

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Union with God

The problem of our life is union with God, and sin completely prevents this; therefore flee from sin as from a terrible enemy, as from the destroyer of the soul, because to be without God is death and not life. Let us therefore understand our destination; let us always remember that our common Master calls us to union with Himself.

St. John of Kronstadt
"My Life in Christ"

Friday, May 16, 2008

The Commandments

Some of the commandments of the Gospel teach us how to act in a manner pleasing to God; others teach us how to react so as to please God when outside forces act upon us. It is more difficult to learn the latter than the former. But the former will be understood satisfactorily when the soul learns and accepts the latter.

Bishop Ignatius Brianchaninov
"The Arena" (Chapter 14)

Salvation

The salvation which Christ brought to humanity consists not only of the conscious assimilation of Christ's principle truths and of His love, but also of the fact that by means of His compassionate love Christ demolishes the partition which sin sets up between men, restores the original oneness of nature, and obtains direct access to the spiritual bosom of human nature, so that the man who has subjected himself to this action of Christ finds new dispositions, new feelings and longings, not only in his thoughts, but also in his very character, these being created not by himself, but coming from Christ who has united Himself to him.

Metropolitan Anthony Khrapovitsky
"The Dogma of Redemption"

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Small Things

Be on your guard against small things so that you do not fall in great matters.

St. Isaac the Syrian
"Ascetical Homilies" (Homily Four)

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Purity of Faith

Every effort of learning is in vain without the effort of attaining purity of faith and life. The heavenly world is revealed not to the learned but to the pure.

Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic
"The Prologue from Ochrid"

Monday, May 12, 2008

The Gospels

...Whenever you read the gospel Christ Himself is speaking to you. And while you read, you are praying and talking with Him. God speaks to man, the King of Heaven talks with the corruptible creature, the Lord holds converse with the servant. What can be more pleasant . . . more instructive?

St. Tikhon of Zadonsk

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Thy Kingdom Come

"Thy kingdom come" - that is, Thy perfect reign in our hearts!

St. John of Kronstadt
"My Life in Christ"

Remember God

...Let the wealthy, and those engaged in public business, heed that Joseph's high rank in no way hindered him from living a virtuous life. "Joseph" means "increase", and "Arimathea" means "taking hold of that". Let us be like Joseph, always increasing in virtue, and taking hold of that which is truly good. And let us also take the Body of Jesus, through Holy Communion, and place It in a tomb hewn out of rock, that is, place It within a soul which always remembers God and does not forget Him. And let the soul be hewn from a rock, that is, from Christ Who is the Rock on which we are established.

Blessed Theophylact
"The Explanation of The Holy Gospel according to Mark"

Friday, May 9, 2008

Conscience

...More than anything else let us all keep a guard on our conscience in all matters, concerning God, our neighbor and material things. Before we say or do anything let us search ourselves as to whether it is the will of God. Thus, after we pray let us say or do it and let us cast our weakness before God so that His goodness will follow us in everything.

Abba Dorotheos of Gaza
"Practical Teaching on the Christian Life"

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Humble

God reveals Himself to the humble, who live in accordance with virtue.

St. Nectarios of Pentapolis

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Purity

...The beginning of purity is the mind's refusal to sin.

St. Paisius Velichkovsky
"Field Flowers"

Word of God

We were created for eternal life by our Creator, we are called to it by the word of God, and we are renewed by holy Baptism. And Christ the Son of God came into the world for this, that He should call us and take us there, and He is the one thing needful. For this reason your very first endeavor and care should be to receive it. Without it everything is as nothing, though you have the whole world under you.

St. Tikhon of Zadonsk
"Journey to Heaven"

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Humility

The eyes of the Lord are upon the humble to make them glad; but the face of the Lord is against the proud to make them humble.

St. Isaac the Syrian
"Ascetical Homilies" (Homily Five)

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Blessed is the Virtuous

Blessed is he who preaches virtue by means of his deeds.

St. Ephraim the Syrian
"A Spiritual Psalter"

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Virtue

God alone is by nature always good, always full, and always perfect; to Him nothing can ever be added or taken away. Therefore we must with unflagging zeal and care give ourselves to the pursuit of virtue, and constantly occupy ourselves in its practice, lest at any time progress may cease, and regress immediately take its place... To cease to acquire means to lose, for the will which goes no longer forward will not be far from peril of falling back.

St. John Casssian
"Selected Writings"

Virgin Birth

Jesus Christ rose from the dead, and came forth from the tomb, through the closed doors, and without injuring its seal. Likewise He who was born of the most pure Virgin, "leaving the portals of Her virginity unbroken by His birth." thus also He enters into the souls of believers, through their bodies, passing through them invisibly, always freely. Thus also He enters into the houses of all, and no walls or locks can restrain Him Who is infinite and unlimited.

St. John of Kronstadt
"My Life in Christ"

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Temple of God

A Christian must truly wish for himself and others, that God's name should be constantly glorified in both himself and others, that all should become Temples of God.

St. John of Kronstadt

Breath of God

Remember that although you were formed out of clay, you are the breath of God. Do not disregard your worth and do not be engrossed in material things. You are the breath of God; force yourself to become worthy of God's gift.

Elder Joseph the Hesychast
"Monastic Wisdom; Forthy-eigth Letter"