All of Life Charged with Giving Glory to God

Forget not all His benefits (Ps. 103.2).  “Then your heart will readily be moved to the fear and love of God, so that you repay Him…by dedicating your whole self to God.”  -From the Letter to Nicholas the Solitary One criticism that has often been leveled at the church fathers (at least in my seminary […]

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 […]