What is the Science of Salvation?

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

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Acquire Virtue

  In order to acquire virtues a man's soul should be great and courageous; his will, not weak and indolent, but resolute and strong; he must have a sure foresight of the numerous obstacles and hard struggles and must be ready to undertake and endure them all. At the basis of such disposition should lie a strong love for each virtue and for all virtuous life and a burning zeal for them. This constitutes the force which moves a man on the laborious path of virtue, and it should therefore be constantly kept warm lest it be so weakened and exhausted, that all movement will inevitably stop. So do not neglect to keep warm your zeal for virtue. Make your heart share in reflections about how pleasing to God virtuous life is, and how high and beautiful is virtue in itself and how necessary and beneficial it is for us: for it is the beginning and end of true perfection, as well as of our progress in it.
                                                                                  "Unseen Warfare"
                                                                                  Lorenzo Scupoli, edited by Nicodemos of the Holy Mountain
                                                                                         and revised by St. Theophan the Recluse