Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica is one of the most renowned spiritual fathers of the 20th century in Serbia. His spiritual Father was a Russian monk, Fr Ambrose, who was a disciple of St Ambrose of Optina. He was the one who taught Fr Taddeues the Jesus prayer. Every day Elder Thaddeus would receive many people who would come to him for advice, prayer and consolation.
In the first part of the interview from 1996 he discusses relationship between parents and children, humility, temptations, jealousy as well as the road of suffering and salvation.
Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica:
Do not give your inner peace for anything in this world. Keep your inner peace at any cost. As it is said “Be at peace with your own self. Heaven and earth will be at peace with you. “
Many do not think what perfection is. In the works of Holy Fathers it is said that the perfection of Christian life is utter humility. It is not about raising the dead or various miracles, curing ill people etc. or the power of faith. Holy Fathers say that as long as faith wants, Lord will help. However, perfection is utter humility.