What is the Science of Salvation?

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

Friday, April 23, 2010

Prayers

"God sees the hearts of those who pray. What need then, someone will say, that we should ask God for what we need? Does He not know already what we need? Why then should we pray? God does indeed know what things we need, and with generosity provides all we need for the refreshment of our bodies, and since He is good He sends down his rains upon the just and the unjust alike, and causes His sun to shine upon the good and the bad (Matt. 5:45), even before we ask Him. But faith, and the power of virtue, and the kingdom of heaven, these you will not receive unless you ask for them in laboring and steadfastness.




St. Basil the Great
'That Prayer is to be placed Before all Things'"

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Virtue and Piety

"Dearly Beloved, each word and deed of Our Saviour Jesus Christ is for us a lesson in virtue and piety. For this end also did He assume our nature, so that every man and every woman, contemplating as in a picture the practice of all virtue and piety, might strive with all their hearts to imitate His example. For this He bore our body, so that as far as we could we might repeat within us the manner of His Life. And so therefore, when you hear mention of some word or deed of His, take care not to receive it simply as something that incidentally happened, but raise your mind upwards towards the sublimity of what He is teaching, and strive to see what has been mystically handed down to us.




St. Basil the Great
'That Prayer is to be placed Before all Things'"

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Reason Deficits

"Unfortunately our faith is hindered by the shortsightedness of our reason. Faith understands directly whilst reason arrives at the truth by circuitous ways; faith is the means of communication between one spirit and another, whilst reason is the means of communication between the spiritually sensual and the simply material; the first is of the spirit, and the latter of the flesh.





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

Monday, April 19, 2010

Patience

"...It is patience which makes firm the foundations of our faith. It is patience which subtly brings about the increase in our hope. It is patience which directs the mind to an awareness of what we are doing so that as we walk forward we may keep to the way of Christ. As long as we imitate the patience of our Father, this will enable us to continue to be Children of God.





St. Cyprian of Carthage
'On the Advantages of Patience'"

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Love

"We have a commandment of God to love our fellow man with a pure heart, but for us to seek love from them is nowhere mentioned...




Elder Leonid of Optina
'A Disciple's Questions and Replies'"

Friday, April 16, 2010

Longing for God

"The longing to seek God, to come near Him, is an actual grace; it comes of our having, at last, heard His call. And it is imperative that, having heard, we should actively respond.
This we can only do by carefully keeping His commandments. No matter where we are and what our circumstances may be: in solitude or in company, in a monastery or in the world, everywhere and at all times we must keep them, His commandments. This is never easy: for, wherever we are and whatever our circumstances, the enemy always tries to prevent us from actively responding to the call.
Pray for help. For help that you may never fail to respond. And beware lest, having received help and having done the right deed because of it, you should grow proud and acquire the habit of condemning others, in the secret chambers of your heart.
Beware! For this would make all the fruits of your good works wither.



Straretz Macarius of Optina
'Russian Letters of Direction'"

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Faith

"What is faith? Sureness of spiritual truth, and that which is, or of, God. To believe means to be as sure of the reality of the spiritual world as of the material world.





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

Monday, April 12, 2010

Charity

"Strive to acquire humility. And charity - the real charity, which never limits itself to gifts no matter how generous, but, consuming the heart with infinite compassion for all creatures, generates a pure flame of good will and the firm decision to help every single one of the great host of unfortunates.





Staretz Macarius of Optina
'Russian Letters of Direction'"

Cling to Christ

"Having Christ in your heart, fear that you may lose Him, and with Him the peace of your heart. It is hard to begin again; efforts to attach oneself afresh to Him after falling away will be very grievous, and in many cases will cause bitter tears. Cling to Christ with all of your might, hold fast to Him, and do not lose boldness in approaching Him.




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

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Since the Resurrection

"...In a wondrous but incomprehensible manner Our Redeemer reveals to us a Body which, since His Resurrection, is both palpable and imperishable, so that by showing us that it is imperishable He would draw us towards our reward, and by showing that it is palpable confirm our faith. He therefore showed Himself as both imperishable, yet palpable, that He might truly prove that since His Resurrection from the dead His body was still of the same nature, but partaking of another glory.




St. Gregory the Great
'The Power of Binding and Loosing, the Judgement and Resurrection'"

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Risen With Christ

"We were created for happiness: we were made happy when we were first made. We were given Paradise: to enjoy its delight. We received a commandment: that obeying it we might win merit, not that He knew not what was to be, but as laying down the law of free will. Through envy we were deceived. We were cast forth because we had broken the law. We hungered, because we did not deny ourselves: being defeated and overcome by the Tree of Knowledge. For the Commandment was with us from our beginning, being in a manner an unvarying guide to our soul, and a restraint upon pleasure; and to it we were reasonably made subject, so that we might regain by keeping it what we had lost by not keeping it. That we might live we needed a God Incarnate, and dying for us. We died with Him, that we might be cleansed of our sin. We rose with Him, because we died with Him. And with Him shall we be glorified, because we have risen with Him.




St. Gregory Nazianzenus
'On the Holy Pasch'"

Friday, April 9, 2010

The Mystery That is Christ

"There are two lives; one of which we knew, the other we did not know of. The one is mortal, the other immortal; the one linked with human infirmity, the other to incorruption; one is marked for death, the other for resurrection. The Mediator between God and man, the Man Jesus Christ, came, and took upon Himself the one, and revealed to us the other. The one He endured by dying; the other He revealed when He rose from the dead.



St. Gregory the Great
'The Mystery of the Resurrection'"

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Become Like Christ

"Let us become like Christ, since Christ became like us. Let us become Gods because of Him, since He for us became man. He took upon Himself a low degree that He might give us a higher one. He became poor, that through His poverty we might become rich (2 Cor. 8:9). He took upon Himself the form of a servant (Phil. 2:7) that we might be delivered from slavery (Rom. 8:21). He came down that we might rise up. He was tempted that we might learn to overcome. He was despised that we might be given honour. He died that He might save us from death. He ascended to heaven that we who lie prone in sin may be lifted up to Him.




St. Gregory Nazianzenus
'On the Holy Pasch'"

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Paying Attention

"Let the people of God (the Christians) acknowledge then that they are a new creature in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17), and let them watchfully learn from Whom it was received, and Whom it is they have received. Let the things that were made new not return to their former insecurity, nor let him who has put his hand to the plough turn aside from his task: let him pay heed to what he is sowing, not look back to what he has left behind him.




St. Leo the Great
'On the Resurrection of our Lord'"

Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter - Pascha

"...Now since you are celebrating the holy Pasch, you should know, brethren, what the Pasch is. Pasch means the crossing-over, and so the Festival is called by this name. For it was on this day that the Children of Israel crossed over out of Egypt, and the Son of God crossed over from this world to His Father. What gain is it to celebrate unless you imitate Him Whom you worship; that is, unless you cross over from Egypt, that is, from the darkness of evildoing to the light of virtue, from the love of this world to the love of your heavenly home?





St. Ambrose of Milan
'The Sunday of the Resurrection'"

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Christ Is Risen!


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Now is everything filled-full with light -- the heavens, the earth, and the underworld. All is presently bathed in light: Christ is risen from the dead. The heavens make merry, the earth rejoiceth, the underworld exulteth.
The Angels in Heaven hymn Thy Resurrection, O Christ-Saviour. Do Thou make us, on earth, also worthy to glorify Thee with a pure heart.

Christ is Risen!
Christos Voskrese!
Christos Anesti!"

Friday, April 2, 2010

Our Humanity in Christ

"True reverence for the Lord's passion means fixing the eyes of our heart on Jesus crucified and recognizing in Him our own humanity.



St. Leo the Great"

Our Humanity in Christ

"True reverence for the Lord's passion means fixing the eyes of our heart on Jesus crucified and recognizing in Him our own humanity.



St. Leo the Great"

Be Patient

"We know that it is written, that the Father has given all judgement to the Son, and yet, Behold the Same Son receives injuries, but seeks not His own glory. The injuries offered to Him He leaves to be judged by the Father: to teach us how important it is that we should be patient, when even He who is to judge us does not seek to be revenged.




St. Gregory the Great
'The Patience of Christ'"

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Fear of God

"...When the flesh lusts against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh, the rational soul is supported by the Cross of Christ; nor does it when seduced by evil desires consent to evil doing, for it is pierced and held fast by the nails of continence, and by the fear of God.




St. Leo the Great
'Faith in the Divinity and Humanity of Christ'"