Monday, August 25, 2014

THE DOG AT THE DOOR


                         John Baillie (1886-1960) was a renowned Scottish theologian. He wrote several popular books in theology. He once narrated the story of a seriously sick patient who was rushed to a hospital. The doctor examined him in detail and from the facial expression of the doctor he could infer that he was nearing his end. He asked the doctor in fear, “Now, what can I do?”
                        The doctor heard the sounds of knocking and scratching on the closed door of the room. “Who is there?” asked the doctor. The patient replied, “He is my pet dog, doctor. He knows that I am here. He makes these sounds in an attempt to reach me.” The doctor was enlightened by this incident. He advised the dying patient, “That is exactly what you too should do. Our ultimate goal in life is to reach our heavenly master. Prepare for that inevitable journey.
                        The impatient dog teaches us a great lesson. Our attitude during old age and illness should not be of depression or worry. We must realise that we are moving forward to meet our master who will greet us in heaven. In this journey, we cannot carry with us any earthly possession except our virtues.
                        Man’s way leads to a hopeless end while God’s way leads to an endless hope. 
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© By: Prof. Dr. Babu Philip, Darsana Academy, Kottayam-686001, Kerala, India ( Former Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India), Prof. Mrs. Rajamma Babu, Former Professor, St. Dominic's College, Kanjirappally,  Leo. S. John, St. Antony's Public School, Anakkal, Kanjirappally and Neil John, Maniparambil, Ooriyakunnath, Kunnumbhagom, Kanjirappally, Kottayam-686507, Kerala, India.
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

THE BEAUTY OF MATERNITY


                        An old widow had an only son. She was very poor and lived in a little hut in a remote village. She brought him up with great difficulty, suffering constant poverty and frequent starvation. When he grew up, he joined the emperor’s army. He was very honest and dutiful and strictly followed his mother’s instructions throughout his life.
                         One day, he happened to witness a serious crime committed by some of his colleagues. They devised a plan to trap him as they were afraid that he would reveal the secret to the emperor. They falsely accused him of a crime of utmost gravity and provided false witnesses against him. The innocent soldier was arrested, tried and sentenced to death.
                         The sad news reached his mother. She was shocked. She was sure that her son was innocent. There was very little time left before the execution of her beloved son. There was no one to help them. So she ran as fast as she could to the emperor’s distant palace to plead for mercy. She forgot her illness and old age and did not care to have food or water on the way. She was completely exhausted and broken-hearted when she reached the emperor and fell on his feet. Gasping for breath due to extreme exhaustion, she begged for mercy using broken words. Then she collapsed and breathed her last.
                       Greatly moved by her affection and sacrifice, the emperor ordered that the execution of the soldier be suspended. He ordered a fresh and detailed probe about the allegations against the youth. He deputed a team of just and honest officers to re-investigate the case. They could establish the innocence of the soldier and collect evidences against the men behind the conspiracy to fabricate the false accusation against him. The emperor acquitted the soldier and released him from the prison.  His enemies were arrested and imprisoned. The soldier rushed to the spot where his loving mother was buried. He burst into tears and fell prostrate on the burial ground.
                       It is said that God could not be everywhere and so He created mothers. Jesus taught, “My commandment is this: love one another, just as I love you. The greatest love a person can have for his friends is to give his life for them.” …………………………………………………………………
© By: Prof. Dr. Babu Philip, Darsana Academy, Kottayam-686001, Kerala, India ( Former Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India), Prof. Mrs. Rajamma Babu, Former Professor, St. Dominic's College, Kanjirappally,  Leo. S. John, St. Antony's Public School, Anakkal, Kanjirappally and Neil John, Maniparambil, Ooriyakunnath, Kunnumbhagom, Kanjirappally, Kottayam-686507, Kerala, India.
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Thursday, July 31, 2014

A TALE OF TWO MONKEYS


                     A wild fire broke out in a dense forest. Heaps of dry leaves easily caught fire and the strong winds quickly spread the fire.  The frightened animals and birds fled for their lives. Two monkeys were left behind in the burning forest. One was blind and the other was lame. They cried for help but their friends and relatives deserted them.
                     They heard each other. The lame monkey saw the helpless blind monkey and came near him as fast as he could. He told the blind one, “Friend, there is only one way to escape from this raging fire. You can move fast and I can see well. Let us move together.” The blind monkey readily agreed and stooped down. The lame monkey climbed on the back of the blind monkey, who moved, following the directions of the lame monkey. They could move fast through a narrow area where the blazing fire had not yet reached. They reached a safe spot at a great distance from the roaring fire. They embraced and thanked each other. They promised to stay together as real friends for the rest of their lives. Their friends were sorry for abandoning them during the dangerous moments and begged their pardon. They became friends again.
                   “A friend in need is a friend indeed.”
                    Jesus taught, “My commandment is this: love one another, just as I love you. The greatest love a person can have for his friends is to give his life for them.”
                    St. John reminds us, “My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action”                                   
                    The Holy Bible teaches us, “Friends always show their love. What are brothers for if not to share trouble? …………………………………………………………………………..
© By: Prof. Dr. Babu Philip, Darsana Academy, Kottayam-686001, Kerala, India ( Former Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India), Prof. Mrs. Rajamma Babu, Former Professor, St. Dominic's College, Kanjirappally,  Leo. S. John, St. Antony's Public School, Anakkal, Kanjirappally and Neil John, Maniparambil, Ooriyakunnath, Kunnumbhagom, Kanjirappally, Kottayam-686507, Kerala, India.
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Friday, June 6, 2014

THREE MISCREANTS



                      A boy was visiting the zoo for the first time. He was accompanied by his father. The boy was much excited and was discussing with his father the different types of animals they would see in the zoo.
                       They reached the gates of the zoo and moved to the counter where the tickets for entry into the zoo were sold. The father gave the cash to the person inside the counter through a narrow window and asked for two tickets- one senior and one junior. The officer quickly extended his arm through a hole in the counter and gave the tickets and the exact balance as cash. The boy was watching the scene with excitement. He asked aloud, “Father, that ape in the counter knows arithmetic too. He is so intelligent!”
                       A vain lady asked a priest, “Father, today I spent a lot of time before the mirror, watching my image and wondering how beautiful I am. Is that misbehaviour, Father?” He told her, “Your action has a different name. It was not misbehaviour; it was a case of misunderstanding!”  
                       A young man had to return alone to the place of his work in a distant country, a week after his wedding. He wrote his first loving letter to his beloved wife with his own hands to give it a personal touch. In the letter, he addressed her as ‘my better half.’ But unfortunately, he had a very bad and illegible handwriting. She read his loving address as: MY BITTER HALF’. That initiated a quarrel which gradually intensified and ended in their divorce.
                        A moment of misunderstanding or misinterpretation may be very disastrous and may make a couple forget the millions of memorable moments spent together.             
                        It is wrong to draw conclusions until we know all the facts. His Grace the Most Rev. Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan and former Head of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church, once remarked humorously, “Three unmarried girls are responsible for most of the troubles in the world. These miscreants  are: Misunderstanding, Misinterpretation and Misrepresentation.” Because these three words start with ‘Mis’, they were described humorously by the Metropolitan as ‘Miss’ troublemakers.
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© By: Prof. Dr. Babu Philip, Darsana Academy, Kottayam-686001, Kerala, India ( Former Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India), Prof. Mrs. Rajamma Babu, Former Professor, St. Dominic's College, Kanjirappally,  Leo. S. John, St. Antony's Public School, Anakkal, Kanjirappally and Neil John, Maniparambil, Ooriyakunnath, Kunnumbhagom, Kanjirappally, Kottayam-686507, Kerala, India.
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Monday, June 2, 2014

WORD OF GOD


            Sweet simple carbohydrates which are soluble in water are called ‘sugars’. Examples are: glucose (dextrose), fructose (fruit sugar), sucrose (cane sugar) and lactose (milk sugar).

            A question in a written examination in Chemistry was to write the names of the common sugars found in nature. A student was found to sit idly, unable to answer the question. The examiner gave him a clue, “The names of sugars end with the letters ‘ose’”, he told the boy. Later he was surprised to find in the student’s answer sheet a long list of names under the heading, “sugars”. They were: BOSE, JOSE, ROSE, LUKOSE, MARKOSE, PATHROSE, POULOSE, KURIAKOSE, PHILIPPOSE, etc.

            King David declares, “How sweet is the taste of your instructions-sweeter even than honey!” {The Holy Bible, Psalms 119: 103}.

              In this verse, the Psalmist proclaims that the word of God is sweeter than honey. The Holy Scriptures of all religions provide dependable answers for perplexing problems, solutions during difficult situations and guidance in uncertain circumstances in our life. The Word of God is efficient, sufficient and magnificent and deserves topmost priority in our lives. We must learn, love, apply and obey the sweet words of God which are revealed in the Holy Scriptures.
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© By: Prof. Dr. Babu Philip, Darsana Academy, Kottayam-686001, Kerala, India ( Former Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India), Prof. Mrs. Rajamma Babu, Former Professor, St. Dominic's College, Kanjirappally,  Leo. S. John, St. Antony's Public School, Anakkal, Kanjirappally and Neil John, Maniparambil, Ooriyakunnath, Kunnumbhagom, Kanjirappally, Kottayam-686507, Kerala, India.
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