the early years

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in soul food | Comments Off on the early years

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parenthood is a martyrdom

a constant effort, tending to the soul  of another

a hope-filled life

cultivating . instilling . loving . healing . nurturing . encouraging . educating . praying

within the seasons, grace and space

life fashioned of Faith, in the Church

“It will enough if you take care to instruct your children in the fear of God and instill them with an Orthodox understanding, and by teaching them to be faithful, you protect them from any manner of thinking that is foreign to the teachings of the Orthodox Church.  The good that you sow in the hearts of your children, while they are young, will blossom forth in their hearts when they come to full maturity after enduring the bitter trials of school and contemporary life which often break off the branches of a good Christian upbringing.”

Saint Ambrose of Optina