What is the Science of Salvation?

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

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Sacraments



    Having a soul and body like ours, which He assumed from us for our sake, by means of this body He underwent the passion, death and burial for us, and showed forth the resurrection from the tomb that this same body might become immortal. He taught us to accomplish the bloodless sacrifice in remembrance of these events, that through it we might reap salvation. With His soul He went down to Hades and returned, making us all partakers in eternal light and life, and in token of this He handed on to us the practice of Holy Baptism, that through it we might harvest salvation; and indeed that through each of these two mysteries and through both elements, soul and body, we might be initiated into and receive the seeds of incorruptible life. For our whole salvation depends on these two sacraments, as the entire dispensation whereby God became man is summed up in them.
                                                                               St. Gregory Palamas
                                                                               Homily Sixty: "On the Feast of Theophany"

On Pleasing God Not Men


 When I was driven from the city, I felt no anxiety, but said to myself: If the empress wishes to banish me, let her do so; the earth is the Lord's. If she wants to have me sawn in sunder, I have Isaiah for an example. If she wants me to be drowned in the ocean, I think of Jonah. If I am to be thrown into the fire, the three men in the furnace suffered the same. If cast before wild beasts, I remember Daniel in the Lion's den. If she wants me stoned, I have before me Stephen, the first martyr. If she demands my head, let her do so; John the Baptist shines before me. Naked I came from my mother's womb, naked shall I leave this world. Paul reminds me, "If I still pleased men, I would not be the servant of Christ."
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                        St. John Chrysostom
                                                                        "On Pleasing God not Men"

Doing Good and the Spirit of Love


   Not to envy, not to be angry, not to bear malice against one who offends does not yet mean to have love for him; for even without love a man can refrain from returning evil for evil, according to the commandment. But it is not so easy to return good for evil without forcing oneself, for spontaneously to do good to those that hate you belongs to perfect spiritual love alone.
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                            St. Maximus the Confessor
                                                            "Second Century on Love"
                                                            (Early Fathers from the Philokalia)

The Narrow Way


  Why is it that only the narrow way and narrow gate lead to life? Who makes the way of the chosen narrow? The world oppresses the chosen, the flesh oppresses them, the devil oppresses them; it is these that make our way to the kingdom of heaven narrow.
 
 
 
 
 
                                                       St. John of Kronstadt
                                                       "My Life in Christ"

A Peaceful Heart


  St. Basil the Great says: One cannot approach the knowledge of the truth with a disturbed heart. Therefore we must try to avoid everything that disturbs our heart, that causes forgetfulness, excitement or passion, or that awakens unrest. We must free ourselves as much as possible from all fuss and flutter and ado over vain things. Yes, when we serve the Lord we shall not be troubled about many things, but always keep in mind that one thing needful (Luke 10:41).
                                                   Tito Colliander
                                                   "Way of the Ascetics"

Humility


  ...The humble never fails. Whence indeed could he fall, being lower than all? A proud mind is a great humiliation; a humble mind is a great exaltation and honor and dignity. Let us therefore force and compel ourselves to humility, though our heart may dislike it, and to meekness, and to charity, praying and beseeching God in faith, hope, and charity incessantly with such an expectancy and aim, that He would send His Spirit into our hearts.
                                                        St. Macarius the Great
                                                        "Spiritual Homilies" (Homily 19)

The Saints


  In the Kingdom of Heaven the holy Saints look upon the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ; but through the Holy Spirit they see too the sufferings of men on earth. The Lord gave them such great grace that they embrace the whole world with their love. They see and know how we languish in affliction, how our hearts have withered within us, how despondency has fettered our souls, and they never cease to intercede for us with God.
 
 
 
 
 
                                                           Staretz Silouan
                                                           "Wisdom from Mount Athos"

His Righteousness

    I come to take upon Myself all the iniquities and impurities of humanity, without being defiled by them, in order to make payment for them, thereby satisfying the justice of My Father in heaven, and to offer Myself as a redemptive Sacrifice, in order to immerse them all in the waters of the Jordan.
    I, of Myself, as the sinless God-man, desire to wash away all human iniquities and to give to My Church a cleansing bath of eternal life in baptism by water and the Spirit; I Myself, having fulfilled all righteousness, desire to teach people Divine righteousness, giving them the power and the grace to fulfill it. That is the significance of the Lord's words to John: "Let it be, for now, for thus doth it behoove us to fulfill all righteousness".  


                                                            St. John of Kronstadt

Theophany


  Having a soul and body like ours, which He assumed from us for our sake, by means of this body He underwent the passion, death and burial for us, and showed forth the resurrection from the tomb that this same body might become immortal. He taught us to accomplish the bloodless sacrifice in remembrance of these events, that through it we might reap salvation. With His soul He went down to Hades and returned, making us all partakers in eternal light and life, and in token of this He handed on to us the practice of Holy Baptism, that through it we might harvest salvation; and indeed that through each of these two mysteries and through both elements, soul and body, we might be initiated into and receive the seeds of incorruptible life. For our whole salvation depends on these two sacraments, as the entire dispensation whereby God became man is summed up in them.
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                               St. Gregory Palamas
                                                                               Homily Sixty: "On the Feast of Theophany"