Raising Our Children in the Church
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
I knew a priest who had three sons, and they were like angels; the three of them. And I said to him, “Father, how did you manage to instruct them, and that they are like angels; one received ordination even, and the other two are chanters in his parish? How did you manage to instruct them in their devotion and the beautiful in their manner; their ethos?”
And he said to me, “Father, I never taught them anything. But from infancy I used to go and kneel by their bed for half an hour in the night and pray for them. All the things I wanted to tell to them, I told God, and God put them in their hearts.”
from, From Archimandrite Zacharias, Remember Thy First Love (Revelation 2:4-5): The Three Stages of the Spiritual Life in the Theology of Elder Sophrony (Mount Thabor Publishing). http://thaborian.com/bookstore_100329_1.html
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