What is the Science of Salvation?

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

Friday, August 23, 2013

Oppressiveness

   ...If the toil is oppressive, be firm; the reward and the glory are great. If the cross is long lasting, don't abandon it; the reward will be eternal. Steadiness will sweeten the task. Daily practice helps to overcome timidity and a habit turns into a natural tendency, so that man, being constantly enclosed by the practice of patience as by hard armor, is invincible and as if invulnerable to sorrow. Those sailing on the sea for the first time are disturbed because they are unaccustomed to it and are beside themselves with fear; but those who have sailed many times and experienced many storms and bad weather, are calmer on board ship than others who are on land, and they are not afraid to stand at the very bow of the ship. And those, who in the beginning with one look at the sea were terrified, after having experienced the terrors of the heavy sea, are now without fear and are gathering ropes and setting sails during a heavy storm and calmly walking about all parts of the ship. Without doubt the same will happen to you. With daily achievement and perseverance, the oppressiveness of sorrows will become easier for you.
 
 
 
 
                                                             St. John Maximovitch of Chernigov
                                                             "The Royal Way of the Cross of Our Lord
                                                                      Leading to eternal Life"