What is the Science of Salvation?

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

Sunday, August 31, 2008

God's Bounties

We eat and drink every day, yet on the morrow our bodies need drink and food again. In like manner, the recollection of God's bounties never wearies the soul but disposes her still more to think on God.

Staretz Silouan
"Wisdom from Mt. Athos"

Saturday, August 30, 2008

The True Teaching

In these days of vacillation, confusion of thought and corruption, we confess the true teaching of the Church regardless of the opinions held by those who might hear us and disregarding the skepticism and faithlessness of our environment. If, for the sake of conforming to the errors of the times, we would suppress the truth or yet profess distorted doctrines to please the world, we would in fact be offering stones instead of bread. And the higher the position of one who would act in this way, the more profound the temptation and the more serious the consequences.

St. Philaret the New Confessor

Gateway to God

...And so let us be glad and bear with patience everything the world throws at us, secure in the knowledge that it is then that we are most in the mind of God.

St. Basil the Great
"Gateway to Paradise"

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Yielding

It is always better to yield. If you insist on fairness, it is the same as a paper ruble, but if you yield, it is a silver ruble.

Elder Ambrose of Optina

The Theotokos

Through Her the unspeakable abyss of God's love has been made open to all.

St. John Damascene
Homily on the Dormition of the Theotokos

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Growth of Humility

When pride retreats from a man, humility begins to dwell in him, and the more pride is diminished, so much more does humility grow. The one gives way to the other as to its opposite. Darkness departs and light appears. Pride is darkness, but humility is light.

St. Tikhon of Zadonsk
"Journey to Heaven"

Monday, August 25, 2008

Humility Bears Fruit

There are certain kinds of trees which never bear any fruit as long as their branches stay straight, but if stones are hung on the branches to bend them down they begin to bear fruit. So it is with the soul. When it is humbled it begins to bear fruit, and the more fruit it bears the lowlier it becomes. So also the saints; the nearer they get to God, the more they see themselves as sinners.


St. Dorotheos of Gaza
"Discourses and Sayings"
(On Humility)

Love of Christ

Just as the love of Jesus Christ is beyond our understanding so we cannot conceive of the depth of His suffering, because our own love for the Lord is so infinitely small. But with greater love comes more understanding even of the Lord's sufferings. There is love in small degree, medium love and perfect love; and the more perfect our love the more perfect our knowledge.

Staretz Silouan
"Wisdom from Mount Athos"

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Our Lady

In praying to our Lady, you call Her an abyss of mercies and bounties. Try yourself to be like Her, as far as lies in your power, in mercy and bountifulness in regard to those who have need of your mercy and bounties. Do not be angry with them, do not despise them, but love them the more they require your help. Consider their position clearly and soberly according to the teaching of the Gospel, often putting yourself in their place - and our Lady will multiply Her mercies upon you.

St. John of Kronstadt
"My Life in Christ"

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Humility

God is not unjust and does not close the door against those who knock with humility.

St. John Climacus
"The Ladder of Divine Ascent" (Step 26)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Mary Mother of God

From Apostolic times and to our days all who truly love Christ give veneration to Her Who gave birth to Him, raised Him and protected Him in the days of His youth. If God the Father chose Her, God the Holy Spirit descended upon Her, and God the Son dwelt in Her, submitted to Her in the days of His youth, was concerned for Her when hanging on the Cross - then should not everyone who confesses the Holy Trinity venerate Her?

St. John Maximovitch of Shanghai and San Fransisco
The Orthodox Veneration of Mary, The Birthgiver of God

True Love

True love willingly bears privations, troubles, and labors; endures offences, humiliations, defects, sins, and injustices, if they do not harm others; bears patiently and meekly with the baseness and malice of others, leaving judgement to the all-seeing God, the righteous Judge, and praying that He may teach those who are darkened by senseless passions.

St. John of Kronstadt
"My Life in Christ"

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Patience

It is not when we courageously endure the derision of our father that we are judged patient, but we endure it from all manner of men.

St. John Climacus
"The Ladder of Divine Ascent" (Step 4)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Christianity

...Christianity is that bridge and ladder whereby men ascend from the earthly Church to the Heavenly.

St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco
"A Discourse on Iconography"

God's Providence

In God's providence everything is absolutely right and whatever happens is for the assistance of the soul. For whatever God does with us, He does out of His love and consideration for us because it is adapted to our needs.

St. Dorotheos of Gaza
"Discourses and Sayings"
(On Enduring Temptation Calmly and Thankfully)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Gift of the Priesthood

Those who have accepted the gift of the priesthood have as their main purpose the regeneration of human souls and leading them to the eternal Kingdom of God.

St. John Maximovitch of Shanghai and San Francisco

"Man of God"
(Decrees and Exhortations)

Saturday, August 9, 2008

A Proud Man

A thief abominates the sun; a proud man scorns the meek.

St. John Climacus
"The Ladder of Divine Ascent" (Step 23)

Friday, August 8, 2008

The One

Gazing upon the One hanging on the Cross, he saw as in a mirror his moral downfall. All the good concealed within him was awakened and surfaced. He came to a realization of his sins, he understood that it was his own fault that had brought him to this bitter end; he had no one to blame. Like the thief crucified on Christ's left, he too had been gripped by hatred for the executioners, but this gave way to a feeling of humility and compunction. He felt fear at God's coming judgement.

St. John Maximovitch of Shanghai and San Fancisco
"Man of God"
(Why the Wise Thief was Pardoned)

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Desire for God

When we return to prayer after a period of reading we find a rejuvenated and envigorated soul, stirred by the desire for God. The best form of prayer is one that implants the clearest idea of God in the soul and thus makes space for the presence of God within us. We become a temple of God when our continuous meditation on Him is not constantly interrupted by ordinary worries, and the spirit is not disturbed by unexpected emotions.

St. Basil the Great
"Gateway to Paradise"
(Selected Letters)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Sacred Tradition

Before the writing of the Holy Scriptures, that is, of the sacred texts of the Gospels, the Acts and the Epistles of the Apostles, and before they were spread to the churches of the world, the Church was based on Sacred Tradition....The holy texts are in relation to Sacred Tradition what the part is to the whole. The Church Fathers regard Sacred Tradition as the safe guide in the interpretation of Holy Scripture and absolutely necessary for understanding the truths contained in the Holy Scripture. The Church received many traditions from the Apostles... The constitution of the church services, especially of the Divine Liturgy, the holy Mysteria themselves and the manner of performing them, certain prayers and other institutions of the Church go back to the Sacred Tradition of the Apostles.

St. Nectarios of Pentapolis

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

A Sick Man

A man who is wrathful with us is a sick man; we must apply a plaster to his heart - love; we must treat him kindly, speak to him gently, lovingly. And if there is not deeply-rooted malice against us within him - but only a temporary fit of anger, you will see how his heart, or his malice, will melt away through your kindness and love - how good will conquer evil. A Christian must always be kind, gracious, and wise in order to conquer evil by good.

St. John of Kronstadt
"My Life in Christ"

Monday, August 4, 2008

The Holy Spirit

...Filled with love, the holy Apostles went into the world, preaching salvation to mankind and fearing nothing, for the Spirit of God was their strength. When St. Andrew was threatened with death upon the cross if he did not stay his preaching he answered: 'If I feared the cross I should not be preaching the Cross." In this manner all the other Apostles, and after them the martyrs and holy men who wrestled against evil, went forward with joy to meet pain and suffering. For the Holy Spirit, sweet and gracious, draws the soul to love the Lord, and in the sweetness of the Holy Spirit the soul loses her fear of suffering.

Staretz Silouan
"Wisdom from Mt. Athos"

Saturday, August 2, 2008

The Middle Path

A man is upright at heart when his estimation of things is not biased towards excess or defect, but goes straight to the middle path of virtue.

St. Basil the Great

Friday, August 1, 2008

Holy Spirit

The true aim of our Christian life consists in the acquisition of the Holy Spirit of God.

St. Seraphim of Sarov
"A Wonderful Revelation to the World"