What is the Science of Salvation?

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

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Lowly and Simple People

Learn to respect and love lowly and simple people. They are the greatest on earth, and are also the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.


Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich
"The Prologue from Ochrid"

Hold the Faith

To hold the faith does not only mean that we believe God to be our Creator. It also means that we recognize His unceasing and detailed attention to our good.

Staretz Macarius of Optina

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Repentance

The main thing in repentance is the anguish of the heart over being deficient in the Lord's eyes and a firm resolution to try to be diligent in everything in the future.

St. Theophan the Recluse
"The Spiritual Life"

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Tribulations

"Tribulations worketh patience, and patience probation, and probation hope, " (Rom. 5:3,4). And even as the violence of the wind, when it rushes upon strong trees, and sways them in all directions, does not root them up, but renders them still firmer and stronger by these attacks; so the soul that is holy, and lives in a religious state, is not supplanted by the inroads of trial and tribulation, but stimulated thereby to more patience; even as the blessed Job, whom they made more illustrious and honourable.

St. John Chrysostom
"Concerning the Statutes"

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Flesh

One should not undertake ascetic labors beyond one's measure, but one should strive to make our friend - the flesh - faithful and capable of performing virtues.

St. Seraphim of Sarov
"Little Russian Philokalia"

Watchfulness

Where humility is combined with the remembrance of God that is established through watchfulness and attention, and also with recurrent prayer inflexible in its resistance to the enemy, there is the place of God, the heaven of the heart in which because of God's presence no demonic army dares to make a stand.

St. Philotheos of Sinai
"Forty Texts on Watchfulness"
(The Philokalia)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Human Suffering

When can someone understand human suffering? When he also suffers. When he goes through the same, he learns and understands the other person's suffering.

Elder Joseph the Hesychast
"Monastic Wisdom; Letters..." (Twenty-second Letter)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Love of God

As the roof of a house will not stand without foundations, neither is it possible to find the love of God in a human soul which is without faith and sure hope.

St. Symeon the New Theologian
"On the Mystical Life"

Prayer

Prayer unites one with God, being a divine conversation and spiritual communion with the Being that is most beautiful and highest. Prayer is forgetting earthly things, an ascent to heaven. Through prayer we flee to God.

St. Nectarios of Pentapolis

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Watching Yourself

Watch yourself continually, in order that the spiritual life and spiritual wisdom should not be dried up within you. Meditate oftener upon what you read, or sing, or hear in church, or sometimes at home. Live as the saints lived: by their prayers, wisdom and virtues; in meekness, humility, and gentleness, not sparing yourself, but renouncing yourself, your rest, ease and enjoyment for the love of God and your neighbor, in patience, courage and struggle - have their faith, hope, and love. "Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding." (Luke 12:35-36)

St. John of Kronstadt
"My Life in Christ"

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Working of the Spirit

As the husbandman governs a yoke of oxen and tills the ground, so the Lord Jesus, the true Husbandman, yoked the apostles two and two and sent them forth, tilling with them the ground of those who hear and truly believe. Only this is worth saying, that the kingdom of God and the preaching of the apostles is not in the word of hearing only, like one who knows a set of words and rehearses them to others, but the kingdom is in power and effectual working of the Spirit.

St. Macarius the Great
"Spiritual Homilies" (Homily 28)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

God's Temple

Attend God's temple more often, especially in times of affliction. It's good to stand in some dark corner, to pray and weep from your soul. And the Lord will comfort you - He will unfailingly comfort you. And you'll say, 'Lord - and I thought that there was no way out of my grievous situation, but Thou, O Lord, didst help me.'

Elder Barsanuphius of Optina

Monday, November 17, 2008

Prayer and Faith

Prayer is one wing, faith the other, that lifts us heavenward. With only one wing no one can fly: prayer without faith is as meaningless as faith without prayer.

Tito Colliander
"Way of the Ascetics"

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Humility

He who has come to know himself by discerning each feeling of his soul has sown on earth; but those who have not thus sown cannot expect humility to blossom forth.
St. John Climacus
"The Ladder of Divine Ascent" (Step 25)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Prayer

Prayer is a golden link connecting the Christian man, the wanderer and the stranger upon earth, with the spiritual world of which he is a member, and, above all, with God the source of life. The soul came forth from God, and to God may it ever ascend through prayer.

St. John of Kronstadt
"My Life in Christ"

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Saints

The weather shifts from cloudy to clear and then back to rain: thus it is with human nature. One must always expect clouds to hide the sun sometimes. Even the saints have had their dark hours, days and weeks.

Tito Colliander
"Way of the Ascetics"

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Our Daily Bread

Who can give life, my brethren, save He who created it? Who can in truth be the Bread of life save our Creator? He created, He sustains, He feeds and He gives life. If wheat feeds the body, Christ feeds the soul. If our earthly body is sustained by bread, our soul is fed and given life by Christ.

Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic
"The Prologue from Ochrid"

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Confession

...For the Lord is kind to those who confess their sins.

St. Ambrose of Milan

Communion with God

Only one thing is impossible for man - to avoid death. To have communion with God is possible for him, if he understands how it is possible. For if he so wishes and understands (how it is to be done), through faith and love, testified by a good life, a man can commune with God.

St. Antony the Great
"Texts on Saintly Life"

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Enmity

...For nothing gives so much place to the devil as enmities. So long as we are united one to another he cannot insert his evil devices to create enmity among us; but the moment a rift is made he pours in like a torrent.

St. John Chrysostom
"The Christian Manner of Life"
(The Sunday Sermons of the Great Fathers)

Spiritual Understanding

The more a man progresses in spiritual understanding and purity of heart, the deeper, it seems to him, is the valley in which he finds himself and the higher the peak to which he is aspiring.

Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic
"The Prologue from Ochrid"

Saturday, November 1, 2008

The Soul of Man

The tree firmly fixed in the earth by its roots grows and brings forth fruit. The soul of a man firmly fixed in God by faith and love, as by spiritual roots, also lives, grows spiritually, and brings forth the fruits of virtue pleasing to God, through which the soul lives now and shall live in the future world. The tree, when uprooted from the ground, ceases to live by the life which it received from the heart through the roots. Similarly, the soul of the man which has lost faith and love to God and does not dwell in God, in Whom alone it can live, spiritually dies. What the earth is to the plants, God is to the soul.

St. John of Kronstadt
"My Life in Christ"