The spiritual writings of the fifth century eremite, Mark the Ascetic (or Mark the Monk), were deeply valued among Byzantine ascetics. Equally rich in theological insight and historical interest, these spiritual counsels circulated widely during the Reformation period and were read by Lutheran divines in addition to Roman theologians. So loved were his counsels, a fourteenth century manuscript proclaimed a slogan often repeated by monastics and ascetics alike: "Sell everything and buy Mark."
His words on taking responsibility for one another out of love, his practical advice on the need for repentance, and his strident emphasis on the kind of unity evident in Christ directly relate to modern Christians and may provide a useful point of departure for ecumenical dialogue.
About the Popular Patristics Series
The Popular Patristics series published by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press provides readable and accurate translations of a broad range of early Christian literature to a wide audience--from students of Christian history to lay Christians reading for spiritu7al benefit.
Recognized Patristic scholars provide short but comprehensive and clear introductory essays according to their specializations for each volume.
Texts include classics of Christian literature, thematic volumes, homily collections, letters, spiritual guidance, and poetical works from a wide variety geographical contexts and historical backgrounds. The purpose of the series is to mine the riches of the early church and to make these invaluable writings available to all.
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