What is the Science of Salvation?

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

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Necessary Temptations

 ...Every affliction that befalls us, whether from men, from the demons, or from our very own nature, always has enclosed within it the corresponding profit. And whoever passes through it with patience receives the payment: its pledge here and its fulfillment there.
     Without temptations, pure souls not known, virtue does not show, patience is not discernible. Without temptations, it is impossible for the soul to become healthy. They are the cleansing fire which makes the soul pure and bright.
                                                                         Elder Joseph the Hesychast
                                                                         "Monastic Wisdom" (Thirty-eighth Letter)