What is the Science of Salvation?

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

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Deny Yourself

 So let no one dream of acquiring a true Christian disposition and Christian virtue, and of working for God as he should, if he does not want to compel himself to renounce and overcome all the passionate impulses of the will of the flesh, whether great or small, which he was formerly accustomed to satisfy, willingly and fondly. The chief reason why so few people attain to full Christian perfection is exactly their reluctance, through self-pity, to force themselves to deny themselves absolutely everything.
                                                          Lorenzo Scupoli
                                                          (Edited by Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain and revised by
                                                                     Theophan the Recluse)
                                                          "Unseen Warfare"