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a passionate repentance

If artists who make statues and paint portraits of kings are held in…

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may God stand
If artists who make statues and paint portraits of kings are held in
high esteem, will not God bless ten thousand times more those who reveal
and beautify His royal image? – for man is the image of God. When we
teach our children to be good, to be gentle, to be forgiving – all
attributes of God, to be generous, to love their neighbor, to regard
this present age as nothing, we install virtue in their souls, and
reveal the image of God within them. This, then, is our task: to
educate both ourselves and our children in godliness; otherwise what
answer will we have before Christ’s judgment seat? … Let us be greatly
concerned for our wives and our children, and for ourselves as well.
The good God Himself will bring this work to perfection, so that all of
us may be counted worthy of the blessings He has promised.

St. John Chrysostom
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