What is the Science of Salvation?

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

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Sorrows and God's Mercy

     He who desires to be saved should not fear to look upon the fierce sorrows which come from demons or men, because in human life there are many changes. Men change from evil to good and loving. One who fears sorrows usually falls into weakness and faint-heartedness. If one becomes used to fleeing or escaping sorrows or goes from place to place, or chooses only a particular time to begin to labor and to struggle, such a one all the days of his life will not find a place and a time for receiving benefit. One should, on the contrary, look upon and have hope in the mercy of God and remember His glorious miracles from the ages and His help to those who have pleased Him, and that God will not abandon one in any need or sorrow. And never does He allow a temptation which is above our strength. Therefore, we should manfully bear our cross with thanksgiving for the sake of God and future eternal good things. We should endure everything sorrowful in the present time and place. According to the word of the Apostle, We must through much tribulation enter into the Kingdom of God (Acts 14-22). By this narrow, sorrowful path we come to the highest perfection of patience, and no matter in what place we are, we are not deprived of benefit, but we shall receive it by God's mercy.
                                                                           St. Paisius Velichkovsky
                                                                           "Field Flowers"