What is the Science of Salvation?

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

Monday, September 29, 2008

Benefits of Confession

Your faith in the holy sacrament of confession will save you; the grace of God present in the sacrament of confession will heal you.

Bishop Ignatius Brianchaninov
"The Arena"

Be Ever Watchful

...Let us be on the watch and go on fighting, and God, seeing our good-will, our humility and our contrition, will lend us a hand and extend his mercy to us.

Abba Dorotheos of Gaza
"Discourses and Sayings"

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Patience and Humility

...Through Christ, everyone who follows the path of patience and humility shall reach Christ. On this road one will encounter intensity of labor, clouds of sadness, the terror of fear, the traps of the oppressors, threats of the strong and reproaches of the arrogant. That is why the Lord Himself, the King of Glory, suffered all this so that His followers would not wish to shrink from and avoid the misery in this life, but to overcome it with patience.

St. John Maximovitch of Chernigov
"The Royal Way of the Cross of Our Lord..."

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Christ - The Natural Son

Man can barely preserve what is natural to him; but Christ gives sonship by the cross.

St. Mark the Ascetic
"Early Fathers from the Philokalia

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Prayer

Prayer attunes us for converse with God and, through long practice, leads us to friendship with Him.

St. Nilus of Sinai
"Early Fathers from the Philokalia"

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Charity

Charity is the bond of brotherhood, the foundation of peace, the steadfastness and firmness of unity; it is greater than both hope and faith (1 Cor. 13:13); it excels both good works and suffering of the faith; and, as an eternal virtue, it will abide with us forever in the kingdom of heaven. Take patience away from it, and thus forsaken, it will not last; take away the substance of enduring and tolerating, and it attempts to last with no roots or strength.

St. Cyprian of Carthage
"The Good of Patience"

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Rewards of Endurance

...Things that seem awful to us are the things that bring greater profit to the soul, when we endure them without grumbling. It is amazing, though, how all the temporary, all the vain things of this present life change and shift. And then, in a moment, the first shall become last and the last first.

Elder Joseph the Hesychast
"Monastic Wisdom" (Fifty-third Letter)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Desiring the Kingdom of Heaven

We claim that we desire the kingdom of heaven, and yet we neglect those things that ensure we could gain entry there. And although we make no efforts to fulfill the Lord's commands, we still imagine in our foolishness that we will receive the same honours as those who have fought against sin right up to their death. Who has ever stayed at home doing nothing at harvest-time and managed to fill his arms with bundles of corn? Who has ever gathered grapes from the vine he has not planted and worked hard for? Those who have worked receive the fruits, those who are victorious are crowned.

St. Basil the Great
"Gateway to Paradise"

Inward Disposition

Our inward disposition, even when unexpressed by outward signs, strongly affects the inward disposition of others.

St. John of Kronstadt
"My Life in Christ"

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Giving Thanks

There is no holier tongue than the one which thanks God during misfortune.

St. John Maximovitch of Chernigov
"The Royal Way of the Cross of Our Lord..."

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Knocking at Heaven's Door

A servant of the Lord is he who in body stands before men, but in mind knocks at Heaven with prayer.

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

Only the Soul

Let us be concerned only about the soul, and in every need have, as the one who takes care of you, God. Nowhere, never, and in no need does God leave those who hope without doubt in Him entirely and who serve Him with all their hearts in love towards Him.

St. Paisius Velichkovsky
"Field Flowers"

Afflictions

Listen! God Himself says, Call upon me in the time of trouble; so will I hear thee, and thou shalt praise me (Ps. 50: 15-16). Afflictions confirm us in our faith, and teach us to set worldly glory at nought. Believe firmly that no suffering or sorrow can visit us - not a hair of our heads can fall - without God intending it. Although we are always inclined to put down our misfortunes to the ill-will or stupidy of other men, these are, in reality, only tools in the hand of God. Tools, used to fashion our salvation.

Staretz Macarius of Optina
"Russian Letters of Direction 1834-1860)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Gentleness

Whatever gentleness you use in speaking with others, that very same gentleness will Christ use with you. With whatever measure you measure out to others, with that very same measure will He apportion out to you. Just as you forgive the failings of others, He forgives yours. With whatever love and gentleness you seek Him, likewise will He appear to you.




Elder Joseph the Hesychast
"Monastic Wisdom" (Seventy-first Letter)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Praying for Salvation

When praying a man must lay aside every worldly care and only care for the salvation of his soul.

St. John of Krostadt
"My Life in Christ"

Patience

Nothing else can relieve those who labor and toil more than the consolation derived from patience.

St. Cyprian of Carthage
"The Good of Patience"

Love Your Neighbor

Love covers everything. If anyone does good to his neighbor out of affection and not merely out of duty, the devil will not disturb such a man; but where good is done merely out of duty, he tries to make trouble. God has mercy on him who labors, but sends His consolation to the one who loves.

Staretz Isaac of Optina

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Live Simply

Live simply and God will not leave you.

Staretz Leonid of Optina
"Russian Mystics"

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Fruit of Repentance

All that St. John recommends as the fruit of repentance is not enough to save the soul from sin, but it is enough to make men worthy to appear before Christ. The Forerunner's task was, then, to sound the alarm, for men, even in some small way, to cleanse themselves and be made worthy to appear before the divine face of the Saviour.

Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic
"Homilies"

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Humility

...Christ comes to teach men the humility that they had forgotten and the obedience they had transgressed. He gives us a perfect example in His humility and obedience towards His heavenly Father. And His Forerunner teaches us by his example of humility and obedience - in his sinless humility and obedience to Christ. Men who have no humility or obedience, have no wisdom or love. And he who does not have these does not have God. and he who does not have God does not have himself, but is as if he did not exist, being in darkness and the shadow of death. If any among us were to say: Christ is too high an example for me; I cannot look to Him - then there is John the Forerunner who is, as an ordinary man, closer to mortal men. Let him look to John's humility and obedience. But, alas, if a man does not want to do good, he will always find an excuse to flee from it. But he who seeks to shed light on his miserable existence on earth, he will with joy find it in the star of John the Forerunner. He is fortunate, for that star, like the one that led the astrologers from the East to Bethlehem, will lead him to the most resplendent Sun, the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the one hymn of the angels and the one salvation of men, yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich
"Homilies"

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Man Being Tripped Up

A man would be always tripped up by that thing which he would not cut off of himself.

Abba Pimen

Monday, September 8, 2008

Aspiration after God

The soul that really loves God and Christ, though it may do ten thousand righteousnesses, esteems itself as having wrought nothing, by reason of its insatiable aspiration after God. Though it should exhaust the body with fastings, with watchings, its attitude towards the virtues is as if it had not yet even begun to labor for them.

St. Macarius the Great
"Spiritual Homilies" (Homily 10)

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Faith

By our own free will faith either decreases or increases.

St. Paisius Velichkovsky
"Field Flowers"

Seek Love

If you wish to be saved, seek no other thing here in this world as much as love.

St. Cosmas of Aetolia

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Eternal Life

...'But what can we do,' you say, 'to obtain the enjoyment of that [eternal] life?' Listen to the Judge Himself conversing with a certain young man on this subject. When the latter asked: 'What shall I do to obtain eternal life?' Christ, after mentioning to him the other commandments, ended with the love of his neighbor. And perhaps some of my listeners, like that rich young man, will say: 'We also have kept these, for we have not stolen, we have not committed adultery.' However, you will not be able to say this, also: that you have loved your neighbor as you ought. For, if a man has been envious, or has spoken slander, or has not helped one who wronged him, or has not shared his possessions, he has not loved his neighbor.

St. John Chrysostom
"Daily Readings from the Writings of..."

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Spiritual Helpers

God's saints are near to believing hearts and, like the truest and kindest of friends, are ready in a moment to help the faithful and pious who call upon them with faith and love. We have for the most part to send, and have sometimes to wait long for earthly helpers, whilst we have not to send for nor wait long for spiritual helpers: the faith of him who prays can place them close to his very heart in a moment, and he will as speedily receive through faith full spiritual help.

St. John of Kronstadt
"My Life in Christ"

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

A Man's Prayers

If a man's deeds are not in harmony with his prayer, his labors are in vain.

Abba Moses the Ethiopian

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

On the Path of Perfection

One must not hinder any man on the path of perfect self-giving and service of God.

Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic
"The Prologue from Ochrid"

The Right Path

When a man walks a straight path, he does not have a cross. But when he begins to step away from one side to another, then various circumstances arise that push him back unto the right path. These pushes comprise a man's cross. They vary, of course, according to what each individual needs.

Elder Ambrose of Optina