Weekly Quote 9-5-18

We know that the Lord wants us to bear insults, mockery and hardships with patience, while the devil desires the opposite. So if we give in to what the devil suggests, it’s clear that we’ve turned ourselves and our will towards pleasure seeking and that we’re paying no attention to the Lord. When we feel deep sorrow, however, over submitting to the devil’s provocations, then it is equally clear that we’ve turned to God, by loving and following the strait and narrow path of His commandments.
— Saint Mark the Ascetic