One tradition says that Mark was Peter’s disciple. Therefore, he had first-hand knowledge of the preaching of the apostle. Hence, the Gospel according to St. Mark.
Whomever he is in salvation history, we know that the first letter of Peter mentions Mark. And there in that letter is a verse that we Benedictines proclaim during our “Compline,” our night prayer:
Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the world undergo the same sufferings. (1 Peter 5)
Sharing suffering with our Risen Crucified Lord is an ongoing theme for St. Mark. It is a gift to share it in a Benedictine community.
In the words of the Trappist monk, Fr. Michael Casey, “Benedictine peace is the result of walking on two legs instead of trying to hop ahead on one.” (Strangers to the City, p. 122)