St. Mark the Ascetic
"Sell everything and buy Mark!" This phrase found on a 14th century manuscript of St. Mark's works represents how precious his writings have been considered by believers for over a millennium. On the Spiritual Law: 200 Texts by St. Mark the Ascetic is the 6th offering in the Philokalia series. St. Mark the Ascetic, also known as Mark the Monk or Mark the Hermit, is a remarkable theologian and spiritual counselor. Eleven of his works are extant in the patristic tradition, and three of them were placed in the Philokalia. This work, On the Spiritual Law, was considered a gateway to the spiritual life by St. Symeon the New Theologian. Following the genre of "chapters" established by Evagrius the Solitary, St. Mark writes On the Spiritual Law in 200 brief chapters, designed for memorization. This work, together with its companion piece - On Those Who Think that They are Made Righteous by Works: 226 Texts - are St. Mark's most famous works.