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

Enduring Afflictions

May the Lord help you peacefully endure the afflictions which are befalling you. such is the path of the friends of God: to pass the days of this fleeting life in constriction and tribulations. in order to inherit eternal blessedness with all the saints. Many are the tribulations of the righteous (Ps. 33:19), many are the scourges of the sinner says the Psalmist, but mercy shall encircle him that hopeth in the Lord (Ps. 31:10). In your patience possess ye your souls(Luke 21:19), and it is only he that shall endure unto the end, who shall be saved (cf. Matt. 24:13).
                                                                  St. Anatoly of Optina
                                                                  "A Collection of Letters to Nuns"