the good that you sow in the hearts of your children

It will be enough if you take care to instruct your children in the fear of God…. 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, and after enduring the bitter trials of school and contemporary life, which often break off the branches of a good Christian upbringing in the home.

St. Ambrose quoted in Living Without Hypocrisy: Spiritual Counsels of the Holy Elders of Optina (published 2005 by the Holy Trinity monastery in Jordanville, NY).

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