I first met Mark in the Fall of 1971 when I
came to La Tourelle in Colorado Springs for a Sunday evening service.
This where the Sermons for a Sabbath Evening came from. I always
looked forward to those services and the "fireside chat"
following. Mark never gave a sermon or lecture with notes in front
of him. He would often begin by expounding on very profound teachings,
then phase into practical stories to bring it all down to earth.
He seemed to know what people were thinking and what they needed
One particular Sunday evening, he began his
sermon and after a short time, stopped and asked us to sing a
song. During the song, three people in the front row walked out.
After the song was finished, Mark said. "Ok, that's taken
care of and we can get back to the sermon. Those people didn't
want to be here so I wanted to give them an opportunity to leave
Mark seemed to know many things happening in peoples lives
even when not directly involved. Once, I attended a couple of
lectures by a man who claimed to be an expert on various aspects
of healing and nutrition. A few days later, Mark called me aside
after a service and said to me, "I'm not trying to interfere
in your life but I wanted you to know that I checked on this man
and got a red light from the Master." (When Mark used the
word "Master" that way, we knew he was referring to
One of Mark's stories I particularly liked was
when Morya told him he wanted give Elizabeth a birthday gift.
Mark explained to me,
"The Master told me to buy Elizabeth a
birthday gift for him. So I said to him, 'You want to give Elizabeth
a birthday gift but you want me to pay for it?' and Morya said,
'Yes, that's right.' I went out and bought the gift the Master
wanted and it cost me fifty dollars. That evening someone came
to the door and gave me fifty dollars. So the Master pays his
bills." Mark could joke about the Master as if he was
one of his childhood friends.
Mark officiated at our wedding. When he found out
that Margy and I planned to get married, he said to Florence Miller,
"Do you think they will let me marry them?" He really
wanted to do that and enjoyed the ceremony and the reception at
Even after his ascension Mark is still involved in
our lives. The most memorable incident for me was in about 1981
or '82 when I was unable to reach Mother regarding a directive.
I tried all day. No success. That evening after the Saint Germain
Service, I wrote to Lanello and asked him to help me reach Mother
because it was important that I talk to her. I burned it and went
to bed. I awoke at 7AM the following morning hearing a voice,
"Call Mother". My response was "Do what?"
The voice again said,"Call Mother." Then some cynical
part of me said, "I'll bet she is just sitting at the phone
waiting for me to call." The voce responded with, "You
wrote the letter, didn't you?" So I called her and had a
five minute conversation with her to resolve the issue, which
was completely resolved in the next 24 hours. Then, Mother said,
"I've got to go, I'm on my way out to catch a plane."
I realized that I only had this small window of opportunity
to reach her and Lanello gave me the signal. The experience helped
me to understand a little better the Master's teachings on obedience.
Photograph of Master M from Theosophy