Family Life - Elder Paisios Spiritual Counsels
"A child needs a lot of love and affection, and much guidance. A child needs you to sit by his side, listen to his problems, caress him and kiss him. If a mother takes an upset and mischievous child into her arms to caress and kiss, the child will calm down. If the young child is filled with affection and love, later that child will be strong and able to face the problems of life."
Family Life, through the eyes of a Saint. This book is hard to put down, as we hear the Saint's advice regarding the roles of the parents, the joys and difficulties of raising children and much practical advice to help us through the challenges of family life. With this present volume, we continue the publication of the counsels of the Blessed Saint Paisios with themes on the family and the ordeals people undergo caused by the crisis the institution of family faces in our times. The Elder used to say that the majority of the letters he received were from people who had family problems. He attributed these problems to people having withdrawn from God and to their self-centreredness. As a member of the Body of Christ, he not only prayed with pain for those who faced problems in their families, but he also helped with his advice, when it was asked for, for even the most private aspects of family life, even though he himself lived as an ascetic.
|Series||Elder Paisios Of Mount Athos Spiritual Counsels vol iv.|