What is the Science of Salvation?

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

Friday, June 28, 2013

Self-Examination


    Examine yourself to see whether you have within you a strong sense of your own self importance, or negatively, whether you have failed to realize that you are nothing.  This feeling of self-importance is deeply hidden, but it controls the whole of our life.  Its first demand is that everything should be as we wish it, and as soon as this is not so we complain to God and are annoyed with people.
 
 
 
 
                                                                     St. Theophan the Recluse

Patience in All Things

 ...In proportion to your humility you are given patience in your woes; and in proportion to your patience the burden of your afflictions is made lighter and you will find consolation; in proportion to your consolation, your love of God increases; and in proportion to your love, your joy in the Holy Spirit is magnified. Once men have truly become His sons, our tenderly compassionate Father does not take away their temptations from them when it is His pleasure to 'make for them a way to escape' (1 Cor. 10:13), but instead He gives His sons patience in their trials. All these good things are given into the hand of their patience for the perfecting of their souls.
 
 
 
 
                                           St. Isaac the Syrian
                                           "Ascetical Homilies" (Homily Forty-Two)

Know Thyself

  He who has come to know himself by discerning each feeling of his soul has sown on earth; but those who have not thus sown cannot expect humility to blossom forth.
 
 
 
 
                                    St. John Climacus
                                    "The Ladder of Divine Ascent" (Step 25)

Obtaining Virtues

   The fathers say that we do not progress because we do not know our own measure and because we do not have patience in all our undertakings which we begin but we seek to obtain the virtues without labor.
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                          Abba Dorotheos of Gaza
                                                                          “Practical Teaching on the Christian Life”

Peace

Just as it is a pressing duty of every Christian when he loses his peace of heart to do all he can to restore it, so is it no less obligatory for him to allow no accidental happenings of life to disturb this peace.
 
 
 
 
                          Lorenzo Scupoli
                          (edited by Nicodemos of the Holy Mountain)
                          "Unseen Warfare"

Humility

  ...What is important is the state of the soul, the striving towards God, and not the stature of a victor."Strength is made perfect in weakness"(2 Cor. 12:9). Though a man may be found in a weak state, that does not at all mean that he has been abandoned by God. The Lord Jesus Christ, according to the worldly view, was in trouble, but when the sinful world considered Him to be completely destroyed, in actuality He was victorious over death and hades. The Lord did not promise us positions as victors as a reward for righteousness, but told us, "In the world we shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" (Jn. 16:33). The power of God is effective when a person asks for the help of God, acknowledging the weakness and sinfulness of his nature. This is why humility and the striving towards God are the fundamental virtues of a Christian.
 
 
 
                                 St. John Maximovitch of Shanghai and San Francisco

Patience to Perseverance

 In whatever work we engage patience gives birth to courage, courage to commitment, commitment to perseverance, and perseverance to an increase in the work done.
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                              St. Gregory Palamas

Destroying the Passions

  The forceful practice of self-control and love, patience and stillness, will destroy the passions hidden within us.
 
 
 
 
 
                                                          St. Thalassios the Libyan
                                                          “The Philokalia”

Confession


    The more sincerely we confess our sins, the more calm will the soul be afterwards.
 
 
 
 
 
                                                  St. John of Kronstadt
                                                  “My Life in Christ”