Family

“Take care of your family – this is God’s blessing to you and the way of Salvation”

Elder John Krestiankin

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“Where husband, wife, and children are united by the bonds of virtue, concord, and love, there is Christ among them.”

Saint John Chrysostom

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“Watch your vices, above all at home, where they appear freely, like moles in a safe place. Outside our own home, some of our vices are usually screened by other more decorous ones, whilst at home there is no possibility of concealing these black moles that undermine the integrity of the Soul.”

Saint John of Kronstadt

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“God especially loves and provides for large families. A large family provides children with many opportunities to grow up normally, as long as the parents give them the proper nurturing. One child helps the other. The oldest girl helps the mother; the second child takes care of the younger one, and so forth. There is a sense of giving, and they live in an atmosphere of sacrifice and love. The younger ones love and respect the older ones; and this is something that comes naturally in a large family.”

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos

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“It is of great significance if there is a person who truly prays in a family. Prayer attracts God’s Grace and all the members of the family feel it, even those whose hearts have grown cold. Pray always.”

Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica

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“Prayer has great power within the family. I know two siblings who not only kept their parents – who had a big problem between them – from separating, but even caused them to be more in love.”

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos

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“Let your faith and hope in God be strengthened by the earthly relations of fathers to their children. For all of us are the children of the Father Which is in Heaven, Who is in truth the one Father of all creatures.”

Saint John of Kronstadt

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“We ought not, as soon as we leave Church, to plunge into business unsuited to Church, but as soon as we get home, we should take the Scriptures into our hands, and call our wife and children to join us in putting together what we have heard in Church.”

Saint John Chrysostom

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“Lord, have mercy on families that are going through trying times. Pour Your abundant Love on them.”

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos

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