“With all their powers, the Kings, nobles, and officials have striven against me to break me away from this Truth; they could do nothing against me! If now I had been alone, why could not all those who have contended with me succeed against me? As no single man has known how to conquer me in all the world, likewise is it to be with my sons, no one shall be able to conquer them.” — Gospel of Mar Mani 36:3-5
Whatever your situation is with your particular family – especially if there are certain members of your family who are opposed to your practice, raise your head up and do not be too discouraged. There are others, many others, in the same situation as you yourself.
There are various saints within the Holy Church who had siblings or certain family members, such as parents, who were extremely opposed to the faith, and to the Light in general. Many children were beaten because of their faith, but they did not give up believing and did not walk away from their vows to remain faithful to the One God, to the Living Spirit and to the Messenger whom they came to know and love. They continued in the path, as difficult as it was, even in times of solitude and during terrible instances of persecutions.
Brothers and sisters should continue to be a source of encouragement and strength for those who are dealing with these various situations. The Holy Book says, “Be a light of encouragement and a shield of protection for the lowly.” (Teaching of Mir Izgadda 23:4)
No matter where you find yourself within the Community, God has compassion and loves you very much – so much so that He has provided the Living Spirit, and it is the Living Spirit that is with you in your trials and various difficulties that you face. Look up, pray and be encouraged by the very Presence of the Living Spirit. (Comments from Teaching of Mar Mani Khaila, Chapter 26)