Category Archives: St. Mark the Ascetic (St. Mark the Monk)

St. Mark the Ascetic: Just as some snakes live in glens . . .

Icon of St. Mark the Ascetic“Just as some snakes live in glens and others in houses, so there are some passions which take shape in our thoughts while others express themselves in action. It is possible, however, for them to change from one type to the other.”

— St. Mark the Ascetic

St. Mark the Ascetic: . . . misfortunes help a bad character . . .

Icon of St. Mark the Ascetic“Just as the bitterness of absinth helps a poor appetite, so misfortunes help a bad character. For the first benefits the physical condition, and the second leads to repentance.”

— St. Mark the Ascetic

St. Mark the Ascetic: Do not become a disciple of one who praises himself . . .

Icon of St. Mark the Ascetic“Do not become a disciple of one who praises himself, in case you learn pride instead of humility.”

— St. Mark the Ascetic

St. Mark the Ascetic: If you do not want to suffer evil, do not inflict it . . .

Icon of St. Mark the Ascetic“If you do not want to suffer evil, do not inflict it, since the suffering of it inevitably follows its infliction. ‘For whatever a man sows he will also reap’ (Gal. 6:7).”

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St. Mark the Ascetic: Guard your mind . . .

Icon of St. Mark the Ascetic“Guard your mind, and you will not be harassed by temptations. But if you fail to guard it, accept patiently whatever trial comes.”

— St. Mark the Ascetic

St. Mark the Ascetic: Understand the words of Holy Scripture . . .

“Understand the words of Holy Scripture by putting them into practice, and do not fill yourself with conceit by elaborating on theoretical ideas.”

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St. Mark the Ascetic: Praise from others engenders sinful desire . . .

Icon of St. Mark the Ascetic“Praise from others engenders sinful desire, while their condemnation of vice, if not only heard but accepted, engenders self-restraint.”

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St. Mark the Ascetic: Everything good is given by the Lord . . .

Icon of St. Mark the Ascetic“Everything good is given by the Lord providentially; and he who has faith that this is so will not lose what he has been given.”

— St. Mark the Ascetic

St. Mark: No one is as good and kind as the Lord is . . .

Icon of St. Mark the Ascetic“No one is as good and kind as the Lord is; but He does not forgive one who does not repent.”

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St. Mark the Ascetic: He who neglects action and depends on theoretcial knowledge . . .

Icon of St. Mark the Ascetic“He who neglects action and depends on theoretical knowledge holds a staff of reed instead of a double-edged sword; and when he confronts his enemies in time of war, ‘it will go into his hand, and pierce it’ (2 Kgs. 18:21), injecting its natural poison.”

— St. Mark the Ascetic