What is the Science of Salvation?

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

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The True Heart

"As you are at heart, so are you before the Lord.





St. Theophan the Recluse
'The Path to Salvation'"

Promised Glory

"In afflictions and sufferings, endurance and faith, are concealed the promised glory and the recovery of celestial blessings.





St. Macarius the Great"

Invoke in Prayer

"Smoke from wood kindling a fire troubles the eyes; but then the fire gives them light and gladdens them. Similarly, unceasing attentiveness is irksome; but when, invoked in prayer, Jesus draws near, He illumines the heart; for remembrance of Him confers on us spritual enlightenment and the highest of all blessings.




St. Philotheos of Sinai
'Forty Texts on Watchfulness'"

Have Mercy on Us

"Thou Who wast unutterably born of a Virgin, have mercy on us who have grown cold, through the prayers of Thy Most Pure Mother and all who have pleased Thee!




Elder Ambrose of Optina"

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Keep to the Path

"...The root cause of every disturbance, if we examine it carefully, is from not blaming ourselves. Consequently, we are crushed and we never find rest. It is no wonder when we hear all the saints say that there is no other way but this. We can see that no one ever followed another way and found rest. We attempt to find rest and keep to the right path without ever allowing our own self-reproach. Indeed, even if a person has a wealth of good conduct yet does not keep to this path, he will never stop causing upset and being upset himself and thus he will lose all his hard work.




Abba Dorotheos
'Practical Teaching on the Christian Life'"

Monday, September 14, 2009

God's Providence

Without devotion to God's Providence, you will not acquire peace.


Elder Ambrose of Optina

Self-Love

"The root of every evil is a self-loving heart, or self-pity, self-sparing; it is from self-love, or excessive and unlawful love for oneself that all the vices proceed.... Sins of thought are not an unimportant matter for the Christian, because all that is pleasing to God in us is comprised in thoughts, for the thoughts are the beginning from which words and deeds proceed. Words are important because they either benefit those who hear them, or are corrupt and tempt others, perverting their hearts and thoughts; deeds still more so, because examples act more powerfully than anything upon people, inciting them to imitate them. The Lord is so holy, so simple in His holiness, that one single evil or impure thought deprives us of Him, Who is the peace and light of our souls.





St. John of Kronstadt
'Spiritual Counsels'"

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Heresies

"Hence heresies have both frequently arisen and are arising, while the perverse mind has no peace, while discordant perfidy does not maintain unity. Indeed the Lord permits and suffers these things to happen, while the choice of one's own liberty remains, so that, while the norm of truth examines our hearts and minds, the sound faith of those who are approved may become manifest in a clear light. Through the Apostle the Holy Spirit forewarns and says: 'For there must be factions, so that those who are approved among you may be made manifest.' (1 Cor. 11:19).



St. Cyrian of Carthage
'The Unity of the Church'"

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Purity of Heart

"The purer the heart becomes, the larger it becomes.





St. John of Kronstadt
'Spiritual Counsels'"

"Abba, 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'"

Remembrance of God

"...Those who intend to purify gold, if even for a short time they allow the fire to go out in the furnace, they produce hardening again in the material that is being purified. Similarly he who sometimes remembers God and sometimes forgets Him ruins by sloth what he thinks to acquire by prayer. It is the part of a virtue-loving man constantly to root out earthliness of heart by the remembrance of God, so that in this way evil may be gradually consumed by the fire of the remembrance of good and the soul may be perfectly restored to its natural brightness with greater glory. Thus by remaining in the heart, the mind prays purely and without delusion, as Saint Diadochus has said: Prayer is true and free from delusion when the mind keeps watch over the heart at the time that it prays.




Bishop Ignatius Brianchaninov
'On the Prayer of Jesus'"

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Our Words, Our Deeds

"...And we shall render an account, not only of our deeds but also of our words. For just as we, when we entrust money to servants, we ask an account of everything, so will God require of us an account of the words He has entrusted to us; of how we have expended them. Let us ask ourselves and examine ourselves scrupulously, as to whether we have spent them rashly or foolishly; for money foolishly expended does not do so much harm as rash and foolish words, spoken without need. For money foolishly spent may sometimes do harm, but speech imprudently used may bring sadness to whole families and undo and ruin souls. The loss of money can be made good; but the word once gone forth can never be recalled.



St. John Chrysostom
'The Sunday Sermons of the Great Fathers'"

Monday, September 7, 2009

The Church

"The first and fundamental criterion, which we may use as a guide to distinguish the True Church of Christ from the false Churches (of which there are so many), is the fact that it has preserved the Truth intact, undistorted by human sophistries, for according to the Word of God, 'the Church is the pillar and ground of truth' (1 Tim. 3:15), and therefore in her there can be no falsehood.





Archbishop Averky of Syracuse and Holy Trinity Monastery
'What is Orthodoxy?'"

Infinite Perfection

"For a Christian there exists no yardstick of any kind, beyond which he has no need to grow spiritually. His yardstick is infinite perfection, together with infinitely increasing blessedness, because we affirm that virtue and blessedness are one. 'The measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,' (Eph. 4:13) - this is the measure of a Christian.




Archbishop Hilarion Troitsky
'The Unity of Christ's Ideal'"

The Struggle - Pray Unceasingly

"The brethren asked Abba Agathon: 'Amongst all our different activities, father, which is the virtue that requires the greatest effort?' He answered: 'Forgive me, but I think there is no labor greater than praying to God. For every time a man wants to pray, his enemies the demons try to prevent him; for they know that nothing obstructs them so much as prayer to God. In everything else that a man undertakes, if he perseveres, he will attain rest. But in order to pray a man must struggle to his last breath.





The Sayings of the Desert Fathers"

Deny Envy

"The passion of envy does not allow anyone who is possessed by it to rejoice completely at any joyous feast or in any joyous circumstance. Like a worm, it always gnaws at the soul and heart with its turbid sorrow, because the envious considers his neighbor's happiness and success to be his own unhappiness, and the preference given to others he considers his own unmerited offense.





"Elder Ambrose of Optina"

Chastisement

"...What the medicines, surgery and cautery are for the physician, chastisement is for God.




St. John Chrysostom
'On Wealth and Poverty'"

Faith in Christ Crucified

"We believe in Jesus Christ crucified; let us strive through faith to follow Him also, and to follow Him after each of us has taken up his cross.





St. Tikhon of Zadonsk
'On Self-Examination'"

Pray Fervently

"Do not be slothful in praying fervently for others at their request, or of yourself, and together with them; you will thus obtain recompense from God - the grace of God in your heart, which shall rejoice you and strengthen you in faith and love for God and your neighbor.




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

Observe All Things

"Your brother writes: 'The dogmas are clearly formulated postulates. The dogmas were contrived by the Ecumenical Councils.' Dogmas are not human postulates, clearly formulated, but the divine truth about God - a truth which people themselves could not possibly arrive at had it not been revealed to them by God. Truth can be investigated, truth can be known, truth can be proven, but truth cannot be contrived. Your brother asserts: 'Dogmas are as far from the Christian spirit as the stars from the earth.' This is not true. When the incarnate Son of God revealed the dogma of the Holy Trinity to His disciples the Apostles, saying: Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, He inextricably united the dogma with the teaching about the spirit of Christianity, saying: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you (Matt. 28: 19-20)...."

Be Brave

"...It is a great struggle for one to bear all the burdens of the world today, when everyone demands that his neighbor fulfills all the commandments, while ignoring them himself.
This is how our times are. For this reason, patience is required until we breathe our last standing upright. Therefore be brave, and may your soul be strengthened for whatever is to come."

The Holy Saints

"...If, then, 'death of the righteous man is honorable' (cf. Ps. 115:6) and the 'memory of the just man is celebrated with songs of praise' (Prov. 10:7), how much more ought we to honor with great praises the memory of the holiest of the saints, she by whom all holiness is afforded to the saints, I mean the Ever-Virgin Mother of God!"

Draw Nigh to God

"'Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you' (James 4:8). It is for us to begin. If we take one step towards the Lord, He takes ten towards us - He who saw the prodigal son while he was yet at a distance, and had compassion and ran and embraced him.



Tito Colliander
'Way of the Ascetics'"