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CHILDREN AND SPIRITUAL PATH

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                      CHILDREN AND SPIRITUAL PATH It is not a rare occasion, especially in our time, that parents become the culprits for the
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                        CHILDREN AND SPIRITUAL PATH

      It is not a rare occasion, especially in our time, that parents become the
      culprits for the spiritual death of their children. Whenever a child has an
      aspiration for the spiritual life, asceticism, monasticism and the parent
      curtails this aspiration instead of encouraging it, such a parent becomes
      the murderer of his child. And, such children, as a punishment to their
      parents, often turn to the opposite side and become perverted. A boy named
      Luke, the nephew of St. John of Rila, hearing about his uncle and drawn by
      the desire for the spiritual life, visited his uncle in the mountain. John
      received Luke with love and began to instruct and to strengthen him in the
      mortification of asceticism. However, one day Luke's father appeared at the
      cave of John and furiously began to scold the saint for keeping his son in
      that wilderness. John's words and counsels were of no avail. The father
      dragged the son home by force. However, on the way home a serpent bit the
      boy and Luke died. The cruel father saw in this the punishment of God and
      repented but it was all too late. He returned to John mourning and
      condemning himself. But the saint only said to him to bury the child and to
      return from wherever he came.

                                                              Saint Nikolai
      Velimirovic
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