To Orthodox laywomen, regarding the wives of your priests:
These are the women who are married to priests:
They are just like you.
They love and support their husbands and want them to succeed.
They are trying to raise their children in the Faith they love.
They are managing their families’ health and household needs on a daily basis.
Sometimes they are engaged in ministries or careers with a strong sense of calling, where they work with a great feeling of personal fulfilment and regular awareness of accomplishing something worthwhile. Sometimes they are working ill-paying, soul-deadening jobs, full time or part time, just to make ends meet in their household.
They are just like you, but often their lives are not just like the lives of most of you.
They live in a fishbowl, like the wives of a politicians. But without all the glamour.
They are sent to live…
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