What is the Science of Salvation?

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

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Salvation

Two factors are involved in man's salvation: the grace of God and the will of man. Both must work together, if salvation is to be attained.

St. Nectarios of Pentapolis

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Passions

As a bird tied by the leg, when it starts to rise upwards is pulled back to earth by the string, so the mind which has not yet attained passionlessness, although rising to the knowledge of heavenly things, is pulled back to earth by the passions.

St. Maximus the Confessor
"Early Fathers of the Philokalia"

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

God's Will

If you approach any task and see there is an absence of God’s will, do not attempt it under any circumstances.

St. Anthony the Great

Abstinence

Do not trust that because of abstinence you will not fall. One who had never eaten was cast from Heaven.

St. John Climacus
"The Ladder of Divine Ascent" (Step 15)

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Suffering and Afflictions

If you are a good Christian, you should be pleased if you suffer troubles, since you will become more worthy. And if you are a sinner, you should be pleased if you are afflicted, for in this way you will be cleansed of your sins and will find consolation in the time to come. Affliction offers benefits in each case, for: 'The spirit which has suffered is a sacrifice for God; God does not despise the heart which is contrite and humble'.

St. Basil the Great
"Gateway to Paradise"

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Heart of Man

The heart of the man who oversees his soul at all times is made joyous by revelations.
St. Isaac the Syrian
"Ascetical Homilies" (Homily Fifteen)

Mastering Passion

A man who fights a passion at its inception quickly masters it.

St. Isaac the Syrian
"Early Fathers of the Philokalia"

Friday, July 25, 2008

Reliance on God

Nothing is fearful to him who relies on God.

St. John Maximovitch of Shanghai and San Francisco

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Askesis

...Training accustoms one to be lenient, temperate, capable of controlling his anger, subduing his desires, doing works of charity, showing love for his fellow men, practicing virtue. Training is virtuous askesis, rendering one's way of life admirable. Askesis is practice, meditation, training, self-control, love of labor.

St. Nectarios of Pentapolis
"Spiritual Training"

True Humility

Let anyone desiring to find true humility and rest for his soul learn lowliness of mind and see that in it is all joy and all glory and all tranquility, and in pretentions to superiority, just the contrary.

St. Dorotheos of Gaza
"Discourses and Sayings"

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Breath of Hope

`Prayer breathes hope....

St. John of Kronstadt
"My Life in Christ"

Sobriety

It is impossible for the soul to attain anything spiritual and pleasing to God, or to be free of inner sin, without guarding of the mind and purity of heart, in other words, without sobriety ...If with God's help we gain something daily through our sobriety, we should take care not to enter into communication with other people without discrimination, lest we suffer loss through our converse with them and are led into temptation.

St. Hesychius the Priest
"Texts on Sobriety and Prayer"

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Fountain of Mercy

If you desire that God should rain upon you from as it were the fountains of His mercy, let you also have a fountain.

St. John Chrysostom
"The Fountain of Alms"

Sunday, July 20, 2008

All Things Through Christ

Be bold, resolute in every good work, be especially generous in words of kindness, tenderness, sympathy, and still more so in works of compassion and mutual help. Consider despondency, despair in any good work, as an illusion. Say: "I can do all things through Christ Which strengtheneth me," (Phil. 4:13) though indeed I am the greatest of sinners. "All things are possible to him that believeth" (Mark 9:23).

St. John of Kronstadt
"My Life in Christ"

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Faith

...The first virtue is faith, for by faith even mountains are moved and men receive everything they wish, as the Lord said. Each one, in all glorious and wondrous deeds, is confirmed by his faith. By our own free will faith either decreases or increases.

St. Paisius Velichkovsky
"Field Flowers"

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Salvation

The mystery of our salvation is concluded with the appearance of God among men in the human body. St. Meliton of Sardis writes: "The works of Christ, following His baptism, manifested and proved to the world that in His body, His divinity was hidden. Being God, He was also perfect man. He revealed to us His two natures. Divinity, by His miracles performed throughout the three years following His baptism and, His humanity, throughout those years when the weakness of the flesh hid the signs of His divinity, even though He was truly the Eternal God." The manner of the union of divinity with humanity is difficult to comprehend but the event of the appearance of God as a man among men is perfectly comprehensible from the concept of the love of God for man. Not even the creation of the world, as an event, is more comprehensible; one can say even less comprehensible--than the event above the events: the Incarnation of God.

Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic
"Prologue from Ochrid"

The Saints - Signs of Wonder

God rests in the saints and even in their very names, in their very images; it is only necessary to use their images with faith, and they will work miracles.

St. John of Kronstadt
"My Life in Christ"

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Humility

A humble and spiritually active man, when he reads the Holy Scriptures, will refer everything to himself and not to another.





St. Mark the Ascetic
"Early Fathers from the Philokalia"

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Empty Oneself

...This decision not to rely on self is for most people a severe obstacle at the very outset. It must be over come, otherwise we have no prospect of going further. . . .
We must empty ourselves, therefore, of the immoderately high faith we have in ourselves. Often it is so deeply rooted in us that we do not see how it rules over our heart. It is precisely our egoism, our self-centeredness and self-love that cause all our difficulties, our lack of freedom in suffering, our disappointments and our anguish of soul and body.



Tito Colliander
"Way of the Ascetics"

Monday, July 14, 2008

Anger

Nothing is so inappropriate to those repenting as a spirit agitated by anger...

St. John Climacus
"The Ladder of Divine Ascent" (Step 8)

Saturday, July 12, 2008

The Saints

As we consider the outcome of their lives, let us imitate how they lived, or at least how they were restored through humility and repentance...

St. Gregory Palamas
"Homily Twenty-Eight"
(Delivered on the Feast of SS. Peter and Paul)

Friday, July 11, 2008

'The Saints

During their earthly lives, all the saints are an incentive to virtue for those who hear and see them with understanding, for they are human icons of excellence, animated pillars of goodness, and living books, which teach us the way to better things. Afterwards, when they depart this life, the benefit we gain from them is kept alive for ever through the remembrance of their virtues. By commemorating their noble deeds, we offer them that praise which, on the one hand, we owe them for the good they did our Ancestors, by which, on the other, is also fitting for us at the present time, on account of the help they give us now.

St. Gregory Palamas
"Homily Twenty-Eight"
(Delivered on the Feast of SS. Peter and Paul)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Watchfulness

Just as it is impossible to fight battles without weapons, or to swim a great sea with clothes on, or to live without breathing, so without humility and the constant prayer to Christ it is impossible to master the art of inward spiritual warfare or to set about it and pursue it skillfully.

Hesychios the Priest
"On Watchfulness and Holiness"

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Repentance

It is impossible for us who have fallen into the pit of iniquities ever to be drawn out of it, unless we sink into the abyss of the humility of the repentant.




St. John Climacus
"The Ladder of Divine Ascent" (Step 5)

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Sinfulness

A man who fears sins will traverse a terrible passage without stumbling, and at a time of darkness he will find light before him and within himself. The Lord carefully watches the steps of the man who fears sins, and God's mercy forestalls him when he slips.




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

Monday, July 7, 2008

Sweet Ointments

...As sweet ointments make those pleasant who use them, so likewise does good and pleasant conversation.




St. John Chrysostom
"The Christian Manner of Life"

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Christian Mind

The Christian mind and way of thinking is always in the heavenly frame.

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

Friday, July 4, 2008

Pleasing God

...Have the monks alone the duty of pleasing God? Certainly not. God wishes that all become holy and not neglect any virtue.

St. John Chrysostom
"Daily Readings..."

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Faith/Unbelief

Faith gives rest and joy; unbelief, troubles and wounds.

St. John of Kronstadt
"My Life in Christ"

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Struggle Over Sin

...God saves His fallen creature by His own love for him, but man's love for his Creator is also necessary; without it he cannot be saved. Striving toward God and cleaving unto the Lord by its humble love, the human soul obtains power to cleanse itself from sin and to strengthen itself for the struggle to complete victory over sin.

St. John Maximovitch of Shangahi and San Francisco
"The Church as the Body of Christ"

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Church

The Church, standing on her foundation on earth and headed by the Son of God seated at the right hand of the Father, is mysteriously guided by the Holy Spirit. She inwardly links together all of her children and unites them with God. Through the Church, God's gifts of grace are poured out on those striving to follow the way of Christ; they sanctify and fortify all good in them, cleanse them from sin and every defilement, making them able to become receptacles of the radiance of the glory and power of God.

St. John Maximovitch of Shanghai and San Francisco
"Come, O Ye People"