American priest offers reflection on family spirituality at Russian Church Educational Readings (+VIDEO)

Moscow, May 27, 2021

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Ever year, the Russian Orthodox Church holds its International Nativity Educational Readings with a number of presentations on various spiritual topics.

The forum is usually held in January but was transferred to May this year due to the epidemiological situation. This year’s 29th Annual International Educational Readings conference was dedicated to “Alexander Nevsky: West and East, and the Historical Memory of the People.”

Among the many presenters was Fr. Joseph Gleason, an American priest who lives in Russia with his wife and 8 children. Fr. Joseph offered his talk, “How to Protect Families from Spiritual Attacks,” on May 18, as part of the “Christian Education in a Christian Family” section of the Educational Readings.

In his talk, Fr. Joseph explains why he and his family decided to move to Russia, and how his family lives out their faith on a daily basis.

Fr. Joseph emphasized that, “If you truly value the souls of your children, and you want to see them spend eternity in heaven, then you have to make your children’s souls your top priority. You put their souls first, and then you bend every other aspect of your life around that one goal.”

He offered his talk in Russian, but a video of his presentation has been published with English subtitles:

The text of Fr. Joseph’s talk is also available at Russian Faith.

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sherlock_holmes5/28/2021 6:49 pm
I can't help but mention Saint Matrona the Wonderworker of Moscow, the Mom called her "Quick to Hear " or maybe "quick to hear "...big hug and kisses!
sherlock_holmes5/27/2021 10:02 pm
Wonderful words and family ! Russia should encourage the ( persecuted ) Christians all over the world to come and settle down in Russia. The Church, media ( RT, Sputnik...) should talk like Father Joseph and spread the message...I know a family here, pretty much like Father's family. The Mom quit the well paid job to take care of the many kids. Somebody might think that it is hard only with one salary but who can tell about the Saints from Heaven that help them day by day.
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