What is the Science of Salvation?

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

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Contrition

 Disciple: Why is it that I become disgusted with the people - because of their stupidity and ignorance - who come to you, even though I know that many of them receive benefit from you?
     Elder: Because your heart is not contrite. Whoever is pained by love for his neighbor does not notice their stupidity. Rather, he beseeches the Lord with fear that he be shown what to say for his neighbor's profit, and he fulfills the task of giving counsel reverently as the work of God. Sometimes even after prayer you cannot find a useful reply; here you are put to shame and should rebuke yourself. Having this awareness of your own unworthiness, not of the stupidity of men, you are ready to tell everyone: pray for me, a slave of God.
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                     Elder Leonid of Optina