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Prescription for a Long Life

by Rev. Fr. V.V. Paulose, Toronto, Canada

Today's Bible Verse

"If you obey me and follow my commands, as your father David did, I'll let you live a long life." (1 Kings 3:14)

Discussion

A medicine for Long life! CONSCIENTIOUSNESS!

A study of 1500 people over a course of eight decades found that some of our common notions about longevity are wrong. The study reveals that people who are conscientious lived a longer life. Conscientious means a life guided by in accordance with conscience or sense of right and wrong. A clean life rooted in the eternal principles of God leads to a long life span. A conscientious person is responsible and organized, and not egoistic. They are pragmatic and think ahead. They are less likely to encounter stress. They tend to end up in more stable marriages. The highly conscientious are more likely to be moderate drinkers or abstainers and are less likely to smoke. Jesus says, "Anyone who listens to my teachings and follows them is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock" (Mathew 7:24). The wise Solomon advices, "The fear of the Lord lengthens one's life, but the years of the wicked are cut short" (Proverbs 10:27).

Rev (Dr) Curien Cor Episcopa is 98. He is a living legend in the Syrian church community with his ever agile intelligence and sweet angelic innocent smiles. He is always thankful to his parents for inculcating in him good values and obedience to God. Rev. says, "I do bow at Thy feet remembering my mother and father, they who reverentially offered me even in the womb unto Thee." He exclaims about Holy communion, "Oh man if you are not ready to accept the 'free cost' blessings from God. Alas! pity you." He loves all. The greatest quality of him is his oneness with others. He has never separated from anybody - neither a man of ninety nor a child of one. His other good qualities are transparent behavior, commitment, astute love and belief in spirituality, humility and soberness. He considers his deafness to be a blessing in disguise. He has translated the complete bible from ancient Peshitho Syriac text to Malayalam for the first time in the history of Kerala. At the age of 15, he translated the Sunday morning prayer from Syriac to Malayalam, in poem style which is in use even today throughout the world of Malayalee Syrian Christians. He was the member on the Board of Studies in the secular universities of Kerala and Mahatma Gandhi University. He was the Vicar of St George Simhasana Church in Thiruvalla from 1959 to 2006. Truly a man leading a good life and a great role model for us to emulate.

"Obey your father and mother, and you will have a long and happy life" (Ephesians 6:2,3).

Prayer

Jesus, instill in us a spirit of cleanliness and devotion. Let us all follow your dictums. We pray for long life for all those who are in the fields of your love and work. Let us follow our consciences that is directed and beamed from thy source. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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