A Visitor Hears from Saint Anatolius of Optina the True Reason for Marrying a Person

St. Anatolius Potapov the Younger of Optina

[Visitor] “Now you’re going to tell me when you want me to get married?”

[St. Anatolius] “I was silent.
You love him now for his good looks. Marry him when you feel that you can’t live without him. I know of one case: the husband was at war and was killed. His wife died at home in that same hour. When it’s like that with you, then get married.”

* Voice of the Fathers

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