Tips for healthy living from Sirach:
1) Be joyful - "Do not give in to sadness, torment not yourself
with brooding; gladness of heart is the very life
of man, cheerfulness prolongs his days.
"Distract yourself, renew your courage, drive
resentment far away from you; for worry has
brought death to many, nor is there aught to be
gained from resentment.
"Envy and anger shorten one's life, worry brings on
premature old age." (Sirach 30:21-24)
2) Be moderate - "Distress and anguish and loss of sleep, and
restless tossing for the glutton! Moderate
eating ensures sound slumber and a clear mind
next day on rising."
"In whatever you do, be moderate, and no
sickness will befall you." (Sirach 31:20, 22)
3) Be temperate - "Let not wine-drinking be the proof of your
strength, for wine has been the ruin of many."
"Wine is very life to man if taken in
"Headache, bitterness and disgrace is wine
drunk amid anger and strife." (Sirach 31:25, 27, 29)
4) Trust God - "He who fears the Lord is never alarmed, never
afraid; for the Lord is his hope. Happy the soul
that fears the Lord!"
"The eyes of the Lord are upon those who love
Him...He buoys up the spirits, brings a sparkle to
the eyes, gives health and life and blessing."
5) Praise God - "Send up the sweet odor of your hymn of praise;
bless the Lord for all He has done! Proclaim the
greatness of His name, loudly sing His praises..."
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Our soul waits for the Lord,
who is our help and our shield.
May Your kindness, O Lord, be upon
us who have put our hope in You.
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