What is the Science of Salvation?

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Almsgiving and Fasting

    If women who have the care of a home will on certain days wash with water the garments that are soiled, should we not also make ready our souls for the Birth Day of the Lord, cleansing with our tears the stains of our conscience. And they, should they find the garments so soiled and stained, that they cannot be made clean with water alone, add to the water the softening of oil and the acrimony of soap. We likewise, should we have committed sins that are not washed away by repentance alone, let us add the oil of almsgiving and the bitterness of fasting.
     There is no sin so grave that abstinence will not cleanse, that almsgiving will not blot out. For, as the Holy Prophet says: as water puts out fire, so the giving of alms extinguishes sin (Ecclus. iii. 33). Great then is the power of almsgiving, which cools the glowing mass of our burning sins as from the fountain of its own good will, and puts out the fires of evil as with waters of its own generosity; so that God, though offended by us, though provoked by our iniquities, is compelled to free him, because of alms...
                                                       St. Maximus
                                                       "The Sunday Sermons of the Great Fathers"