Violence and abuse have become the order of the day in modern times and cases of domestic violence have been on the rise and all such undesirable things are directly linked to liquor, Metropolitan of the Chennai diocese of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar, Mathews Mar Makarios, has said.
Mar Makarios was delivering the keynote address on the third day of the Maramon Convention at Maramon near Kozhencherry on Tuesday.
He said the sale of liquor reaches a peak when the world celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ and believers should conduct a self-introspection as to what the people gained out of liquor.
Mar Makarios said that each family should turn itself into a place of worship and that pursuing the path of Jesus Christ was the philosophy of Christ.
He said man’s passion for liquor and luxury had even started keeping the word ‘peace’ away from his personal life.
The Metropolitan said high rise concrete buildings had started propping up in the nook and cranny of the State, disturbing the equilibrium of nature.
Even our villages had started imbibing the multi-storey apartment culture that destroy humanism itself, he said.
vHe said the hills had the right to stand high and a hassle-free smooth flow was the right of rivers. Wild animals were straying into villages as man has started encroaching their habitats, he said.
Issac Mar Philoxenos Episcopa and Rev Daniel-Ho from Malaysia, evangelist, also delivered discourses, later.
An ecumenical meet will be held on Wednesday.
The week-long annual convention will come to a close with the valedictory message by the Metropolitan of the Mar Thoma Church, Joseph Mar Thoma, on Sunday afternoon.