Pskov. In the Holy Trinity Cathedral, by the relics
|Pskov. In the Holy Trinity Cathedral, by the relics|
Choose your path
C., every man has to choose his own life’s path. This is so that no one can hide behind another person’s back.
Think through everything well. There are only two paths blessed by God: family and solitary—monastic.
Both of these paths are of the cross. So, make your choice, which cross is more suitable for your salvation.
May God give you wisdom!
Your first blessing after you have chosen should be that of your parents, and the second, that of your father confessor.
Get to know yourself
It would be good for you to work as a chef, and until you are twenty-five years old, root yourself in Orthodox life and in the Church, getting to know yourself. There is no need for you at this point to discuss monasticism or marriage. That would be all too early. You need to grow some more in order to choose your cross consciously and responsibly. Also, remember that without your parents’ blessing you should neither join a monastery nor start a family. Work also on bringing your parents to God. There is no other way.
May the Lord give you wisdom.