What is the Science of Salvation?

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

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Make Ourselves Ready

"While we are here, we have good hopes; when we depart to that place, we have no longer the option of repentance, nor of washing away our misdeeds. For this reason we must continually make ourselves ready for our departure from here. What if the Lord wishes to call us this evening? Or tomorrow? The future is unknown, to keep us always active in the struggle and prepared for that removal...





St. John Chrysostom
'On Wealth and Poverty'"

Pray Simply

"Pray simply. Do not expect to find in your heart any remarkable gift of prayer. Consider yourself unworthy of it. Then you will find peace.





Staretz Macarius of Optina
'Russian Letters of Direction'"

Lacking Humility

"Lacking gold, a merchant is not a merchant, even though he may be very skillful in trading; similarly, lacking humility, a spiritual aspirant will never possess the joys of virtue, however great the confidence he places in his own intelligence.




Ilias the Presbyter
'The Philokalia'"

Passionless

"It is a great thing not to have a passionate attachment to things, but a still greater to be passionless in face of their representations in the mind. Love and self mastery keep the mind passionless both towards things and towards their representations.




St. Maximus the Confessor
'Third Century on Love'
(The Philokalia)"

To Do Battle

"There are some who say thus - that the Lord requires of men only the fruits that are visible, and that it is for God to rectify things that are hidden. That is not the case. As a man secures himself with regard to the outer man, so ought he to carry on strife and war with his thoughts. The Lord requires of thee to be angry with thyself, and to do battle with thy mind, and neither to consent nor to take pleasure in the thoughts of wickedness.
Nevertheless, to root out sin and the evil that is ever with us, this can only be accomplished by the Divine Power. It is not possible or within a man's competance to root out sin by his own power. To wrestle against it, to fight against it, to give and receive blows, is thine; to uproot is God's.



St. Macarius the Great
'Spiritual Homilies' (Homily 3)"