“Good” parents with … “bad” children
Parents, good parents, who are spiritual people, come to me to complain about their child, who has gone astray.
And I say: “Look, you may consider yourselves good and simply care about your child who is getting lost. Still, God allows this to happen to your child, precisely for you, so that you can see some faults of your own, which you haven’t seen yet. You may have selfishness in you… a good impression of yourselves, or something else which you haven’t noticed. If you attend to them, and your own soul is healed from these sins and passions, your child will be healed, too. God will bring him back to the right path. Back to you.” Indeed, so it happens very often.
Holy Hesychasterion “The Nativity of Theotokos” Publications.
Archimandrite Symeon Kragiopoulos