What is the Science of Salvation?

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

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Commandments

Begin to fulfill the commandments relating to small things, and you will come to fulfill the commandments relating to great things: small things everywhere lead to great ones.

St. John of Kronstadt
"My Life in Christ"

Saints

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.
St. John of Kronstadt
"My Life in Christ"

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Humility and Mercy

...When a man becomes humble, at once mercy encircles him, and then his heart is aware of Divine help, because it finds a certain power and assurance moving in itself.




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

Monday, October 27, 2008

Watch

Be wary, O my soul, watch over thy conscience; pay no attention to the falls of others, but instead more attentive to thine own falls.

St. Ephraim the Syrian
"A Spiritual Psalter"

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Time for Harvesting

The time of this present life is a time for harvesting, and each person gathers spiritual food - as pure as possible - and stores it up for the other life. It is not the clever, the noble, the polished speakers, or the rich who win, but whoever is insulted and forbears, whoever is wronged and forgives, whoever is slandered and endures, whoever becomes a sponge and mops up whatever they might say to him. Such a person is cleansed and polished even more. He reaches great heights. He delights in the theoria of mysteries. And finally, it is he who is already inside paradise, while still in this life.

Elder Joseph the Hesychast
"Monastic Wisdom: Letters" (Thirty-eighth Letter)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

God is Light

God is light (1 John 1:5), and to those who have entered into union with Him He imparts of His own brightness to the extent that they have been purified. When the lamp of the soul, that is, the mind, has been kindled, then it knows that a divine fire has taken hold of it and inflamed it.

St. Symeon the New Theologian
"The Discourses"

Friday, October 24, 2008

Enlighten Gently

We must expound to our brethren gently and with love. Peace is lost if we vaunt or exalt ourselves above our brethren, if we find fault, if we enlighten otherwise than gently and with love...

Staretz Silouan
"Wisdom from Mount Athos"

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Purify your Heart

...Purify your heart, you will learn everything.

Elder Anthony of Optina

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Bearing Your Cross

Everyone bears his cross - you too should bear your cross. Even if it's with one finger, bear it just the same. The bearing of the cross is an essential requisite for the salvation of every Christian, and not only for a monk. Yes, everyone bears his cross and has borne it. The Incarnate Lord bore the Cross, and His Cross was the heaviest, since it contained within itself the crosses of all people. And take note: God bore His Cross, and a man helped Him (Simon the Cyrenian) by taking the Cross from Him and carrying it himself. That means that we too, bearing our crosses, help the Lord in the bearing of the Cross, that is, we prepare ourselves to be His servants in the heavens in the choir of bodiless spirits... What a high calling!
Elder Barsanuphius of Optina

Narrow Way

...If then, God highly exalted His Christ because He humbled Himself, suffered dishonor, was tempted and endured a shameful cross and death for our sake, how will He save, glorify and raise us up if we neither choose humility, nor show love to our fellows, nor gain our souls by enduring temptation (Luke 21:19), nor follow the saving Guide through the "strait gate" and along the "narrow way" leading to eternal life (Matt. 7:14)? To this we are called, says Peter, the chief Apostle, "Because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example that we should follow his steps." (1 Peter 2:21).
St. Gregory Palamas
"Homilies"

Monday, October 20, 2008

Love

Where there is love, my brethren, there is no compulsion; a request replaces a command. Among those who love, a request has more power than does a command among those who do not. The Holy Trinity presents the highest majesty and magnificence of love.

Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic
"The Prologue from Ochrid"

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Healing through Faith

Those who touched the Saviour's garment were made whole. Why is it that those who employ holy water with faith are even now healed? Because the Cross, immersed in the water, with the prayer of faith, is as though the life-giving Lord Himself. As the Saviour's garments were penetrated with His life, so also the water, in which the life-giving Cross is immersed, is itself penetrated with life, and thus becomes healing.

St. John of Kronstadt
"My Life in Christ"

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Dogmas of Faith

...I understood that the Divine services are not merely a ritual, but that in them are revealed the dogmas of faith. They are the foundation of man's reception of Divinity.

Archbishop Andrew of Novo Diveyevo Convent
"The Restoration of the Orthodox Way of Life"

Tilling the Fields

When a farmer sees the seeds sprouting, he tills the fields with greater eagerness and hastens willingly to make further sowings.

St. John Chrysostom

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Spirit

Living by the spirit rather than by the flesh we overcome the weakness of the body by the strength of the soul.

St. Cyprian of Carthage
"To Demetrian"

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Hope

When you pray, bring to mind the ploughman who sows in hope. He Who causes to return twofold the seed that the ploughman sows with hope, Who has esteemed the seeking of His kingdom and His righteousness to be greater than temporal things, He himself will reward your entreaty according to His promise.

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

Holy Spirit

The Saints in Heaven through the Holy Spirit behold the glory of God and the beauty of the Lord's Countenance. But in this same Holy Spirit they see our lives too, and our deeds. They know our sorrows and hear our burning prayers. When they were living on earth they learned of the love of God from the Holy Spirit; and he who knows love on earth takes it with him into eternal life in the kingdom of Heaven, where love grows and becomes perfect. And if love makes one unable to forget a brother here, how much more must the Saints remember and pray for us!




Staretz Silouan
"Wisdom from Mount Athos"

Monday, October 13, 2008

Forgiveness

Now when someone says, "Forgive me, for God's sake," then let that be the end of it!

Elder Moses of Optina

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Temptations

Temptations show what is hidden in our heart.

St. Tikhon of Zadonsk

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Nothing Higher Than Man

He who becomes irritated against another on account of something material, places a material object above his brother. But what can be higher than man? Nothing on earth is higher.

St. John of Kronstadt
"My Life in Christ"

Friday, October 10, 2008

Humility

In the humble God rejoices, but from the proud He is driven away; where there is humility, the glory of God shines forth.

Elder Hilarion of Sarov and Valaam
"Little Russian Philokalia"

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Faith

Faith is as if one’s spiritual mouth: the more freely it opens, the greater the flow of Godly sources into us; let this mouth open (in prayer) as freely as your bodily mouth; let it not be compressed by doubt and lack of faith: if it is compressed by doubt and lack of faith, then God’s treasury of blessings will be closed to you. The more open-heartedly you can believe in God’s All-mightiness, the more the generosity of God’s heart will be revealed to you. When you ask in prayer, believe, that you will receive: and it will given to you.

St. John of Kronstadt
"My Life in Christ"

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

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)

Poverty

Total poverty for Christ's sake is a great treasure for the soul but it can be attained by man only if he has a firm, unhesitating, trust in Divine Providence.

Staretz Parthenius of Kiev

Monday, October 6, 2008

Simplicity

Walk before God in simplicity, and not in subtleties of the mind. Simplicity brings faith; but subtle and intricate speculations bring conceit; and conceit brings withdrawal from God.

St. Isaac of Syria
"Early Fathers from the Philokalia"

Prayers of the Saints

The Saints fulfilled the word of the Lord; the Lord fulfils their word; they worked for Him - He does so for them. The Lord Himself said: "With what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again." This is why the Lord speedily fulfills the prayers of the Saints for us.

St. John of Kronstadt
"My Life in Christ"

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Our Will

...Every tribulation reveals the state of our will.

St. Mark the Ascetic

Saturday, October 4, 2008

The Will of God

If some misfortune befall you, refect in this wise: 'The Lord sees my heart, and if this is His will all will be well, both for me and for others.' And thus your soul will always be at peace.

Staretz Silouan
"Wisdom from Mt. Athos"

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Children of the Heavenly Father

When entering the temple of God to pray, we should know and remember that we are the children of the Heavenly Father, and have come into His house; therefore we must stand there with son-like feelings of sincere love and gratitude in fervent prayer. Our spirit should cry, "Abba, Father!"

St. John of Kronstadt
"My Life in Christ"

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Temptations

...As long as you are journeying in the way to the city of the Kingdom and are drawing nigh the city of God, this will be a sign for you: the strength of the temptations that you encounter.

St. Isaac the Syrian
"Ascetical Homilies" (Homily Forty-Two)

Our Weaknesses

We should indeed be the strangest of people if we were to find any pleasure in the schisms and divisions that beset the Church, and if we did not consider it as the greatest achievement to see the scattered limbs of Christ reassembled once more. Our desire to achieve this is as strong as the knowledge of our weakness to do so.

St. Basil the Great
Letter to Evagrius, a priest