The Baptism of the Lord

Grace has been given mystically to those who have been baptized into Christ; and it becomes active within them to the extend that they actively observe the commandments.  – St. Mark the Ascetic, #61 of No Righteousness by Works Everyone baptized in the orthodox manner has received mystically the fulness of grace; but he becomes […]

My Dec. 2010 post in 2011

31. The intellect cannot be still unless the body is still also; and the wall between them cannot be demolished without stillness & prayer. 35. Prayer is called a virtue, but in reality it is the mother of the virtues: for it gives birth to them through union with Christ. 97. Undistracted prayer is a […]

No Righteousness by Works

This selection by Mark the Monk really seems to pull together the themes that we have been engaging thus far.  He mentions the intellect, stillness, the practice of the virtues, and pure motive of the heart.  He does, at the same time, caution us against the belief that these works merit salvation, “…the kingdom of […]