What is the Science of Salvation?

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

Wednesday, June 30, 2010


"The sin against him and against Russia was perpetuated by all who in one way or another acted against him, who did not oppose, or who merely by sympathizing participated in those events which took place forty years ago. That sin lies upon everyone until it is washed away by sincere repentance.

St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco
'Homily Before a Memorial Service for the Tsar Martyr'"

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Union with God

"Sin, having cut man off from the source of life - God, rent man asunder. The union of spirit, soul and body was violated, and death entered into him. The soul, no longer surrounded by the streams of life, could not transmit them to the body, which became corruptible, and the soul began to languish.
Christ came to earth to restore the fallen image and return it to union with Him Whose image it is. Uniting man unto Himself, God thus restores him to his original goodness in all its fullness.

St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco
''The Church as the Body of Christ'"

Think of Others First

"...That bread you hold in your clutches, that belongs to the starving. That cloak you keep locked away in your wardrobe, that belongs to the naked. Those shoes that are going to waste with you, they belong to the barefooted. The silver you buried away, that belongs to the needy. Whomever you could have helped and did not, to so many have you been unjust.

St. Basil the Great
'I Will Pull Down My Barns'"

Sunday, June 27, 2010


"Icons are not simply pictures of certain people or events. An icon is a symbol of the invisible. It depicts not only the outward, visible countenance of the Lord and His saints, but also their inner likeness, their sanctity.

St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco
'Concerning Talents and Iconography'"


"...Nothing so nourishes love as to be compassionate towards others.

St. Joh Chrysostom
'The Fountain of Alms'"

The Word

"The Word of God gives life. He is the source of life: In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco
'In the Beginning was the Word'"

Mutual Need

"...For if you think it is a dreadful thing to be in need of others, know that it is impossible not to be. If you desire to escape from the crowd, you may do this by fleeing to the untroubled harbour of poverty. Then, cut off from the multiple disquiet of affairs, do not think it a disgrace to be dependent on others: for this has been brought about by God's unspeakable wisdom. For if some of us have need of others, does not the necessity of our need draw us one to another?

St. John Chrysostom
'Mutual Need'"

Body and Blood

"Not only the soul, but also a man's body is sanctified and communes with God by partaking of the Body and Blood of Christ, through which he is united with the entire Holy Trinity. Through Divine grace, with the participation of his own will and effort, man becomes a new creature, a participant in the eternal Kingdom of God.

St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco
'Come, O Ye People'"

Things on High

"He who has tasted the things on high easily despises what is below. But he who has not tasted the things above finds joy in possessions.

St. John Climacus
'The Ladder of Divine Ascent' (Step 17)"

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


"When you weep with bitter pain of soul for having sinned against God and having saddened Him, then comfort and consolation overshadow you, and then the door of prayer opens.

Elder Joseph the Hesychast
'Monastic Wisdom' (Sixty-second Letter)"

Monday, June 21, 2010

Heavenly Fruits

"....Whatever fruits of beneficence you do yield, you gather up for yourself; for the grace of good works and their reward is returned to the giver. Have you given something to a person in need; what you have given becomes yours, and is returned to you with an increase. And as the wheat that falls to the earth brings increase to the one who has thrown it there, so the bread that you give the hungry will later bring you a great gain. Therefore, let the end of your earthly tilling be the beginning of your heavenly sowing.

St. Basil the Great
'I Will Pull Down My Barns"

Friday, June 18, 2010


"Simpler people are not much infected with the poison of vainglory, because vainglory is a loss of simplicity and an insincere way of life.

St. John Climacus
'The Ladder of Divine Ascent' (Step 22)"

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


"...For all your labor is in vain and without profit, if you have not charity, without which whatever the good work or deed you do maybe remains unsanctified; even though the one who does them may lay claim to virginity, even though he fasts, or keeps watch in the night, though he gives shelter to the poor, though he is seen to offer gifts to God, or first-fruits. or do good works, even though he should build a church, or do any other kind of good work short of possessing charity, all these will be held as nothing to him by God; for without charity there is nothing in them that is pleasing to the Lord.

St. Ephraim the Syrian
'Charity and Forgiveness'"


"...Let you beware of lifting yourself above anyone, not even above those who are great sinners. For he who is guilty of many great sins, oftentimes will be delivered from them through humility. So never let you hold yourself as more virtuous than another, for fear that declared just by your own sentence, you may be condemned by the sentence of God.

St. Basil the Great
'On Humility'"

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


"What are the nets of the Apostles which they are commanded to let down, if not the forms of words, and as it were certain profundities of speech, and the subtleties of discussion, which do not let go those that come to their nets? And well it is said that the Apostles use nets in their fishing, since they do not destroy those they catch, but save them, and draw them upwards from the depths to the light; bringing those who are wavering, from the knowledge of the lowest things to the knowledge of the highest.

St. Ambrose of Milan"

Sunday, June 13, 2010


"...Churches are not needed by God Whose throne is heaven and Whose footstoll is the earth; it is we who need them.

St. John Maximovitch of Shanghai and San Francisco
'Time to Build'"


"Why has God set in the mind of every one of us such a continuously watchful and sober judge? I mean the conscience. For there is no judge, no judge at all among men as sleepless as our conscience. External judges are corrupted by money, influenced by flattery, and induced by fear to give false judgments; and many other factors spoil their upright decisions. But the court of conscience cannot yield to any of these influences. Whether you give bribes, or flatter, or threaten, or do anything else, this court will bring forth a just judgment against your sinful intentions. He who commits sin himself condemns himself even if no one else accuses him.

St. John Chrysostom
'On Wealth and Poverty'"

Saturday, June 12, 2010


"...Take away the contestant and you take away the occasion of gaining a crown. You have seen how athletes toughen themselves with bags of sand? But you have no need to resort to such means. Life is full of things that test you, and make you strong. Look at the trees. The more they are shaken by the wind the more tough and unyielding they become. And we also, if we are patient, we also shall become strong, For he that is patient is governed with much wisdom; but he that is impatient, exalteth his folly (Prov. 14: 29).

St. John Chrysostom
'Let Us Consider One Another'
(The Sunday Sermons of the Great Fathers)"

Friday, June 11, 2010


"...Man is saved only in Christ, and God's Grace is the main acting strength in this salvation. Nevertheless, besides the action of God's Grace for salvation, the personal efforts of man himself are also necessary. Man's personal efforts alone are insufficient for his salvation - but they are necessary, for without them, God's Grace will not begin to work out the matter of his salvation.
Thus, man's salvation is worked out simultaneously through the action of God's saving Grace, and through the personal efforts of man himself. According to the profound expression of certain of the Fathers of the Church, God created man without the participation of man himself - but He does not save him without his agreement and desire, for He created him as if unfettered. Man is free to choose good or evil, salvation or ruin - and God does not impede his freedom, although He constantly summons him to salvation.

St. Philaret the New Confessor of New York
'On the Law of God'
(Grace and Salvation)"

Thursday, June 10, 2010


"Reading the Scriptures is a great means of security against sinning. The ignorance of Scripture is a great cliff and a deep abyss; to know nothing of the divine laws is a great betrayal of salvation.

St. John Chrysostom
'On Wealth and Poverty'"

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Eternal Salvation

Indeed, Christ the Saviour did not promise eternal salvation to the majority, but, quite the contrary, He promised it to His "little flock", which will remain faithful to Him to the end, in the day of His Glorious and Terrible Second Coming, when He will come "to judge the living and the dead".

Archbishop Averky of Syracuse and Holy Trinity Monastery

"Are the Terms 'Christian' and 'Orthodox' Accurate in our Times?"

(Orthodox Life, May-June 1975)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


"Humility is a heavenly siphon which from the abyss of sins can raise the soul to Heaven.

St. John Climacus
'The Ladder of Divine Ascent' (Step 25)"

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Avoid Sin

"Now, I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you have learned, and avoid them.

St. Vincent of Lerins
'Commonitorium' (Chapter Seven)"


"Let anyone desiring to find true humility and rest for his soul learn lowliness of mind and see that in it is all joy and all glory and all tranquility, and in pretentions to superiority, just the contrary.

Abba Dorotheos of Gaza
'Discourses and Sayings' (On Renunciation)"

Friday, June 4, 2010

Father and Mother

"He cannot have God as father who does not have the Church as a mother.

St. Cyprian of Carthage
'The Unity of the Church' (Chapter 6)"


"No man can conquer the passions except by the palpable virtues; and no one can conquer the wandering of the intellect except by the study of spiritual knowledge. Our intellect is volatile, and if it is not tied down by some reflection, it never stops wandering.

St. Isaac the Syrian
'Ascetical Homilies' (Homily Thirty-Four)"

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


"Faith brings peace to the intellect and, in bringing it, uproots rebellious thoughts. Sin is the source of restlessness and strife in the thoughts and is also the source of man's struggle against heaven and with other men.

Fr. Justin Popovich
'Orthodox Faith and Life in Christ'"


"The Christian heart, when it has received something Divine, does not demand anything else in order to convince it that this is precisely from the Lord; but by that very effect it is convinced that this is heavenly, for it senses within itself spritual fruits: love, joy, peace, and the rest (Gal. 5:22).
On the contrary, though the devil might transform himself even into an angel of light (11 Cor. 11:14), or might produce thoughts seemingly good: still the heart would feel a certain obscureness and agitation in its thoughts. Explaining this, St. Macarius of Egypt says: though satan might produce also visions of light, he is entirely unable to produce a blessed effect: which is the well-known sign of his works (St. Maracius, Homily 4, ch. 13).

St. Seraphim of Sarov
'Little Russian Philokalia'"

The Soul

"When the flesh flourishes, the soul fades; when the flesh has full liberty, the soul is straitened; when the flesh is satiated, the soul hungers; when the flesh is adorned, the soul is deformed; when the flesh overflows with laughter, the soul is surrounded by misfortune; when the flesh is in the light, the soul is in darkness...

St.. John of Kronstadt"