“It’s Better to Let Teenagers Be…”

“It’s Better to Let Teenagers Be…”

by Archimandrite Andrei (Konanos)

Many ask us priests, “What is your opinion on teenagers?” Around 20 years ago I used to teach high school classes, and I was also asked that question. The majority of them want to hear that “the youth of today needs to change, correct themselves, or do something or other.” I cannot say that today’s youth are bad; usually bad people become better.

Some break things, destroy, and curse. These external manifestations that we have noted do not express their souls. It is only an illness. If we look more deeply we will discover that the person has not been able to feel what it means to love, to be kind. The child has not seen the living image of Christ in his parents, teachers, or instructors; after all, if that had happened he would have definitely been touched and received benefit. Children today are after all sincere. We can blame today’s complex times of something, but children are more sincere now than they were before. In order to convince a child of something you have to show proof not only in words but in deeds.

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