An Irish Welcome

Céad Míle Fáilte friend and rover ...
Wherever you come from and whosoever you may be.
That's an Irish greeting and it means

you are welcome
a thousand times over.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Large families

Having many children is a matter of sacrifice and less material means ...
Families with many children are very blessed by God.

Consider the following circumstance:
A certain man had very many children and he died relatively young. All who knew him, mentioned that he was very harsh and tortured his wife and children. A short time, however, before he died, he came to repentance, asked for forgiveness from his family, confessed and left prepared. Elder Epiphanios commented,
"God, rewarding this man's obedience in the matter of having many children, saved both him and delivered his family from his coarse behaviour."

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