What is the Science of Salvation?

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

Sunday, November 24, 2013

"Covering" of Sins

   If you want your sins to be 'covered' by the Lord (cf. Ps. 32:1), do not display your virtues to others. For whatever we do with our virtues, God will also do with our sins.
 
 
 
 
                                                                          St. Mark the Ascetic
                                                                          "The Philokalia"

Practicing True Christian Good

 
     Man proves to be without strength of will particularly when it is necessary to practice true Christian good - even though he might desire this good. The holy apostle Paul speaks of this weakness of will when he says: "For I fail to practice the good deeds I desire to do, but the evil deeds which I do not desire to do are what I am always doing" (Romans 7:19). That is why Christ the Saviour said of man the sinner, "Whoever practices sin is the slave of sin" (John 7:34) although to the sinner, alas, serving sin often seems to be freedom while struggling to escape its net appears to be slavery.
 
 
 
 
 
                                                               St. Philaret of New York
                                                               "The Law of God"

Brotherly Love and Grace

       Grace proceeds from brotherly love, and by brotherly love is grace preserved; but if we do not love our brother the grace of God will not come into our souls.
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                               Staretz Silouan
                                                               "Wisdom from Mt. Athos"

Christian Calling

   Do not be proud; do not be angry; do not be despondent, for that is all unworthy of a Christian calling. This calling is so high and wonderful that it is hard for a man to keep himself from pride and to hold himself above despondency among all the dangers and misfortunes. Against these three unhealthy states, the Apostle stresses three healthy ones: against pride, lowliness; against anger, meekness; against despondency, longsuffering.
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                          Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic
                                                                          "The Prologue from Ochrid"

Bad Habits

 As long as you have bad habits do not reject hardship, so that through it you may be humbled and eject your pride.
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                               St. Maximos the Confessor
                                                               "Second Century on Love"
                                                               (The Philokalia)

Journey to Heaven

  True Christians live in this world as travelers, pilgrims, and sojourners, and they look ever toward their heavenly homeland with faith and with the eyes of the soul, and they strive to reach it.
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                                   St. Tikhon of Zadonsk
                                                                                   "Journey to Heaven"  

Tree of Obedience

 The sin which came by the tree (cf. Gen.3:6) was undone by the tree of obedience to God when the Son of man was nailed to the tree. There He overcame the knowledge of evil and brought the knowledge of good. Evil is disobedience to God, and good is obedience to God.
 
 
 
 
                                                                St. Irenaeus
                                                                "The Preaching of the Apostles"

How To Become Better

  Let each one consider within himself what faults he must remedy in himself, what good work he may yet do, what sin he may wipe out from his soul, so that by this he may become better.
 
 
 
 
                                                                  St. John Chrysostom

Do Not Condemn

 ...The best thing for us to do is to reproach ourselves quickly when we condemn someone.
 
 
 
 
 
                                                      St. Anatoly of Optina
                                                      "A Collection of Letters to Nuns"

Faith

  Faith comes not through pondering but through action. Not words and speculation but experience teaches us what God is.
 
 
 
 
                                                         Tito Coliander
                                                         "Way of the Ascetics"

Penitence


     The true signs of sincere penitence are the taming of the beast of anger, and the abstinence from the condemnation of others.
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                      Staretz Macarius of Optina
                                                                      "Russian Letters of Direction"

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Guileless

    A babe knows nothing of lying; neither does a soul that is stripped of guile.
 
 
 
 
 
                                                  St. John Climacus
                                                  "The Ladder of Divine Ascent" (Step 12)

Live Wisely

 When the heart is occupied with worldly things, especially superfluous ones, it forsakes the Lord - the Source of life and peace - and is therefore deprived of life and tranquility, of light and strength; but when it repents of its care for vain things, and wholly turns from corruptible things to the incorruptible God, then the fountain of living water begins to flow into it, and peace, tranquility, light, strength, and boldness before God and man once more dwell within it. We must live wisely.
 
 
 
 
 
                                                            St. John of Kronstadt
                                                            "My Life in Christ"

Small Afflictions

  A small affliction borne for God's sake is better before God than a great work performed without tribulation.
 
 
 
                                      St. Isaac the Syrian
                                      "Ascetical Homilies"

Overthrow the Devil

  By praying for those who wrong us we overthrow the devil; opposing them we are wounded by him.
 
 
 
 
                                                                          St. Mark the Ascetic
                                                                          "The Philokalia"

A Laborious Life

 And someone asks, "It is not possible to enjoy relaxation both here and hereafter?" It is not possible.
     ...Because it is not possible, the righteous have lived a laborious life.
 
 
 
 
 
                                                          St. John Chrysostom

Glorify the Saints


     Just as parents rejoice when someone loves or honors their children, so also the Lord is glad when men love and glorify His saints. For it is the same as glorifying God. "Whoever receives you receives Me," (Mt. 10:40), He said. And whosoever glorifies the saints of Christ, Christ glorifies.
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic
                                                                "Kassiana: Lessons in Divine and Christian Love"

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Guard Your Heart

   We must vigilantly guard our heart from unfitting thoughts and impressions.
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                 St. Seraphim of Sarov

Righteous Among the Unrighteous

   To be righteous among the righteous is a great and praiseworthy thing, but it is a far greater and more praiseworthy thing to be a righteous man among the unrighteous.
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                  Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic
                                                                  "The Prologue from Ochrid"

What Is Holiness?

  What is holiness? Freedom from sin, and the fullness of every virtue. This is not only attained by a few zealous persons in this life, and that not suddenly, but gradually, by prolonged and manifold sorrows, sicknesses, and labors, by fasting, vigilance and prayer; and that not by their own strength, but by the grace of Christ.
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                               St. John of Kronstadt
                                                               "My Life in Christ"

Put Yourself Last

 You must take the utmost care not to compare yourself with others in any respect, but always to put yourself below others, although in fact you may be equal to, or even better than, others in some respects.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                   St. John of Kronstadt
                                                                   "My Life in Christ"