If You Love Your Child, manifest your love!

 

If you truly love your child, manifest your love and you shall be rewarded for it. Listen again the teaching of the Holy Apostle Paul: “Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety” (1 Timothy 2, 15).

I pray incessantly and beg you to educate well your children, above anything else.

If you truly love your child, manifest your love and you will be rewarded for it. Listen again the teaching of the Holy Apostle Paul: “Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety” (1 Timothy 2:15).

If you think that you did countless mistakes, try to see in them the bright side. Raise in your child a fighter for Christ. I do not mean to forbid your child to get married or send him into wilderness or to prepare him for monasticism. Of course, I would be glad if it was like this but since many people think that monastic life is harsh, I do not want to bind nobody to it. What I ask is this: that mothers should raise a soldier of Christ, who, living in this world wii learn from a young age to be pious.

(Translation from Saint John Chrysostom, Părinții și educarea copiilor, traducere de Ieromonahul Benedict Aghioritul, Editura Agapis, București, 2007, p. 59)