(The Testament of a Loving Father)

 Important sayings of Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara


    o   Children, you are God’s gift in the hands of your parents 

    o   The children who have a love of God and fear of God will love and respect their parents

    o   Trust your Mother, God will hear the prayers of the mother as yours

    o   Food is for the body, so is wisdom for the intellect

    o   Go to school regularly and recall to mind what is taught during the week

    o   Laziness fosters evil habits

    o   Let your friends be those who love God

    o   The day in which you have not done any good to your fellowman will not be recorded in your book of life

    o   Keeping bad books is like hiding fire in hay

    o   Regular reading of good books and meditating on them will illumine the mind

    o   Attain punctuality by means of a regular time table

    o   You angels will be turned to devils, if you fall into evil situation

    o   You ought to reach home before evening and take part in the evening prayers

    o   Desire that others love you, and not that they fear you

    o   Take special care to keep modesty while you sit, walk or lie down

    o   You are to forgive and forget the wrong doings of others

    o   Tell me who your friends are, and I will tell you who you are

    o   What you earn by deceit and theft will melt like snow

    o   Idleness is the mother of all vices and would induce want to the habit of drinking

    o   Both stinginess and extravagance are equally sinful

    o   Let there be no day in your life in which you did no good to others  

    o   Do not insult or trouble the poor

    o   God decides your vocation and it is you to choose it

    o   If your parents have left any obligation of restitution, fulfill it with diligence and  devotion

    o   Even if you are grown in age and maturity, you have to respect your parents and submit to them

    o   Do not hate your own brethren

    o   It is the duty of children to look after their parents

    o   Do not be the cause of your parents to shed tears on account of you

    o   The humble man is the greatest among men

    o   Since you belong to God, you have to give yourself back to God