Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Commonplace - St. Mark the Ascetic On Those who Think They Are Made Righteous by Works

"One man received a thought and accepted it without examination. Another received a thought and tested its truth. Which of them acted with greater reverence?" - 55

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Monday, December 26, 2016

Commonplace - St. Mark the Ascetic On Those who Think They Are Made Righteous by Works

When the intellect prays without distraction it afflicts the heart; and ‘a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise’ (Ps 51:17). - 34

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Commonplace - St. Mark the Ascetic On Those who Think They Are Made Righteous by Works

There is no perfect prayer unless the intellect invokes God; and when our thought cries aloud without distraction, the Lord will listen. - 33

Friday, December 23, 2016

Commonplace - St. Mark the Ascetic On Those who Think They Are Made Righteous by Works

The intellect cannot be still unless the body is still also; and the wall between them cannot be demolished without stillness and prayer. - 31

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Commonplace - St. Mark the Ascetic On Those who Think They Are Made Righteous by Works

If we want to do something but cannot, then before God, who knows our hearts, it is as if we have done it. This is true whether the intended action is good or bad. - 16