What is the Science of Salvation?

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

Saturday, April 13, 2013


    Meekness is an immovable state of soul which remains unaffected, whether in evil report or in good report, in dishonor or in praise.
                                                            St. John Climacus
                                                            "The Ladder of Divine Ascent" (Step 8)

Beware Depondency!

    Do not be despondent, Christian soul! There is no place for despondency in a believer! Look ahead - there is the mercy of God!
                                                           St. Philaret of New York
                                                           "And His Lot is Among the Saints"

The Flesh Lies

 Do not believe your flesh when it threatens you with weakness during prayer; it lies. As soon as you begin to pray you will find that the flesh will become your obedient slave. Your prayer will enliven it also. Always remember that the flesh is lying.
                                                            St. John of Kronstadt
                                                            "My Life in Christ"

Humility and Constant Prayer

    Just as it is impossible to fight battles without weapons, or to swim a great sea with clothes on, or to live without breathing, so without humility and the constant prayer to Christ it is impossible to master the art of inward spiritual warfare or to set about it and pursue it skillfully.
                                                  St. Hesychios the Priest
                                                  "On Watchfulness and Holiness"

Strength of the Temptations

 Whenever in your path you feel unchanging peace, beware: you are very far from the divine paths trodden by the weary feet of the saints. For as long as you are journeying in the way to the city of the Kingdom and are drawing nigh to the city of God, this will be a sign for you: the strength of the temptations that you encounter. And the nearer you draw nigh and progress, the more temptations will multiply against you.
                                                                St. Isaac the Syrian
                                                                "Ascetical Homilies" (Homily 42)

Death of the Soul

    If we make every effort to avoid death of the body, still more should it be our endeavor to avoid death of the soul. There is no obstacle for a man who wants to be saved other than negligence and laziness of soul.
                                                             St. Antony the Great
                                                             "On the Character of Men and on the Virtuous Life"

Wisdom and Power of God

This is the wisdom and power of God: to be victorious through weakness, exalted through humility, rich through poverty.
                                                       St. Gregory Palamas
                                                       "Homily 11: On the Precious and Life-Giving Cross"

Craftiness of the Enemy

    The more the intellect withdraws from bodily cares, the more clearly it sees the craftiness of the enemy.
                                                     St, Mark the Ascetic
                                                     "On the Spiritual Law"

Rewards of Mercy

The divine teachings make clear to us what sinners must do: make satisfaction to God by good works; and that sins are purged away by the rewards of mercy.
                                                              St. Cyprian of Carthage
                                                              "On Good Works and Almsdeeds"


 We ought to confess our sins more frequently, in order to strike and scourge the sins by the open avowal of them, and in order to feel a greater loathing of them.
                                                                       St, John of Kronstadt
                                                                       "My Life in Christ"

Disciple of Christ

    What does being a disciple of Christ mean if not to be an imitator of His compassion, and a follower of His truth and humility?
                                                       St. Ambrose of Milan
                                                       "On Lent"

Holy Compunction

 Keep a firm hold of the blessed gladdening sorrow of holy compunction, and do not stop working at it until it raises you high above the things of this world, and presents you pure to Christ.
                                                            St. John Climacus
                                                            "The Ladder of Divine Ascent" (Step 7)

Eyes of Flesh

  To look upon God with eyes of flesh is impossible...
                                      St Cyril of Jerusalem
                                      "Catechetical Lectures"