Trees

“While the diabolical tree of bitterness, anger and wrath has its roots kept moist by the foul water of pride, it blossoms and thrives and produces quantities of rotten fruit.” –Mark the Ascetic, Letter to Nicolas (p. 154) “Keep the humility of the Lord in your heart and never forget it.” –Mark the Ascetic, Letter […]

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 […]

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 […]