Eight Quotes by St. Mark the Ascetic on Overcoming Evil and Developing Goodness

Marcus Eremita or Markus the Ascetic -Wickedness is an intricate net; and if someone is careless when partially entangled, he gets completely enmeshed.

  • “Wickedness is an intricate net; and if someone is careless when partially entangled, he gets completely enmeshed.”
  • “Guard your mind, and you will not be harassed by temptations. But if you fail to guard it, accept patiently whatever trial comes.”
  • “Every affliction tests our will, showing whether it is inclined to good or evil. This is why an unforeseen affliction is called a test, because it enables a man to test his hidden desires.”
  • “When you are wronged and your heart and feelings are hardened, do not be distressed, for this has happened providentially; but be glad and reject the thoughts that arise within you, knowing that if they are destroyed at the stage when they are only provocations, their evil consequences will be cut off, whereas if the thoughts persist the evil may be expected to develop.”
  • “Do not become a disciple of one who praises himself, in case you learn pride instead of humility.”
  • “A humble man who lives a spiritual life, when he reads the Scriptures, will relate everything to himself and not to another.”
  • “The forgiveness of insults is a sign of true love, free from hypocrisy.”
  • “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).”

Marcus Eremita – Saint Mark the Ascetic (5th century)

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