>> 02 November 2014

 The story entitled, “Iruttinte Soundaryam” (The Beauty of Darkness) by Mr. Artson Pothy, published in the Malayalam weekly, “Sathyanadam” (14 January 1996, page 11) depicts the impulsive infatuation of a young man with a gifted and graceful girl and its consequences.

                                     The hero, Anirudhan was watching a concert. The beautiful girl who sang with a sweet voice caught his special attention. She was singing in the most melodious voice he had ever heard. She wore a beautiful white dress and stylish dark glasses which intensified her natural beauty. In the lovely and well-lit stage, the graceful girl appeared to him as a radiant angel descended from heaven. He watched her exquisite performance and enchanting charm as if in a dream. He contacted the Orchestra and learned that her name was Nisha. He talked to her directly over the phone. In an excited tone, he told her how much he adored her graceful face, attractive attire, lovely smile, pleasing performance and divine voice. He declared that he was madly in love with her and could not live without her and requested her to agree to marry him. He said he would come to meet her in person the next day.

                                     The girl was amazed, shocked and confused on hearing his words. She replied calmly, “See, I am very poor and moreover…” He did not permit her to complete the sentence. He told her that he knew everything about her and that his decision to marry her was firm and final. The girl discussed the proposal with her friends and relatives and they encouraged her to proceed with the proposal as he had told her that he knew everything about her. She eagerly awaited his arrival.

                                     Carrying a pair of the most expensive dark glasses to present to her as his gift, he went to her residence, dressed like a prince. He met her and presented the gift to her with eloquent words of ardent admiration. She opened the packet and decided to wear the new pair of glasses before him. She removed her own glasses and the young man was stunned and shocked to see that the girl had no eyes at all! There were only two small depressions in their place on her face, suggesting complete blindness. His attraction, appreciation and admiration for her alluring and appealing appearance disappeared in seconds. He rushed out of the room and vanished without a word leaving the girl in a perplexed state.

                                     The Holy Bible teaches about true love, “Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth. Love never gives up; and its faith, hope and patience never fail” {1 Corinthians 13: 4-7}.

                                     The young man’s love was not true or sincere. He displayed several defects in his personality, character and behaviour. He made an important decision in his life without forethought and analysis. He gave a promise to a poor girl which he could not keep. His love was only an immature infatuation to the physical glamour of the gorgeous girl. Impulsive decisions may lead to disaster.  Seeking God’s will by fervent prayer leads to correct decisions. If we are willing to follow the will of God, He will make His will clear to us. William Barclay taught, “There is only one way to bring peace to the heart, joy to the mind and beauty to life; it is to accept and do the will of God.”

                                   “The Lord says…I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for” {Jeremiah 29: 11}

© By: Dr. Babu Philip, Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India. For more moral stories, parables and anecdotes for students, catechists, teachers and preachers, kindly visit my web-site:



>> 19 March 2014

 Socrates, the great Greek philosopher, had a nagging and quarrelsome wife, Xanthippe. One day she shouted furiously at Socrates and his friends. Finding no reaction, she got into a violent temper. She picked up a bucket full of washing water and poured it on the head of Socrates. He remarked with a smile, to his friends, "We know that a thunder will be followed by a rain!" Later, he advised a young man, "By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you will become happy. If you get a bad one, you will become a philosopher."

                     A recent cartoon depicted the most effective seat belt  for a husbands driving with his wife in the other seat in the front. It effectively covers the wife's mouth while supporting him. Its advantage  is that it lets him drive without her interference!

                     The teacher of biology in a school distributed plantlets to all the students with instructions to plant them near their home, look after the growing plants regularly and observe their condition every day. All the students except one reported that the plants were growing steadily. One student complained that his plantlets refused to grow. The teacher questioned him and discovered the reason. The boy was in the habit of examining the roots of the plants every day after pulling them out of the soil in order to assess the growth of the plants. Obviously, his idiotic over-enthusiasm had deprived the plant of an essential condition for steady growth - lack of disturbance!

                     An over-enthusiastic and highly religious lady was worried that her husband was a heavy drinker. She used to torment him by her constant  complaints and unnecessary advises. With much effort, she managed to bring him to a Charismatic convention. After informing the organizers, she occupied a seat close to her husband's seat and was continuously disturbing him, expressing irritation whenever he showed any sign of sleep or restlessness. She frequently complained to the priest that her husband was not attentive. The priest finally told her sternly, "Please occupy a seat in a different place and leave him alone. Tell more about him to God and less about God to him. It is God's grace and not your presence that will transform him."

                     Let us add to every prayer the words taught by Jesus in the 'Lord's prayer'. He taught  His disciples, "May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven" {Matthew 6: 10}.

                     Several families maintain peace  by surrendering to the dominance of the stronger partner. Real happiness results only when there is close co-operation and mutual respect between partners. Otherwise the better half becomes the bitter half. In several oriental Christian churches, during the sacrament of matrimony, the priest adorns both the husband and the wife with the matrimonial ring. It symbolizes that the spouse is received from God. Matrimony is thus a union of three - the husband, wife and God. Marriages are conceived in heaven and celebrated on earth. The ideal family is an image of heaven.

© By: Dr. Babu Philip, Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India. For more moral stories, parables and anecdotes for students, catechists, teachers and preachers, kindly visit my web-site:

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