God’s grace and not our virtues will save us

 

You’d better search our Lord’s mercy and not reward for our struggle. Thus, you will get to salvation faster than the unwise strugglers.

Do you really think that all your insignificant virtues will lead to salvation? Remember God’s words “All human justice is a speck of dust in front of God. You’d better search our Lord’s mercy and not reward for our struggle. Thus, you will get to salvation faster than the unwise strugglers (Saint Anatolie of Optina).

(Translated from Filocalia de la Optina, volumul I, traducere de Cristea Florentina, Editura Egumenița, Galați, 2009, p. 146)