#18: Drunkenness and Temperance

On today’s episode, we discuss drunkenness and temperance.

Also, check out the lecture by Dale Ahlquist, President of the American Chesterton Society, on eugenics and other evils.

Saint quote of the week
“I hear the voice of my God commanding, Let not your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness. Drunkenness is far from me; Thou wilt have mercy, that it come not near me.” – St. Augustine (Confessions)

“Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable. Never drink when you are wretched without it, or you will be like the grey-faced gin-drinker in the slum; but drink when you would be happy without it, and you will be like the laughing peasant of Italy. Never drink because you need it, for this is rational drinking, and the way to death and hell. But drink because you do not need it, for this is irrational drinking, and the ancient health of the world.” – G.K. Chesterton

Recommended reading or listening
Kevin:
The Bad Catholic’s Guide to Wine, Whiskey, & Song: A Spirited Look at Catholic Life & Lore from the Apocalypse to Zinfandel

Dan:
Scripture passages against drunkenness:  Gen 9:18-29, Prov 20:1, Is 5:11-12, Luke 21:34, Eph 5:18-19, Rom 13:13, Gal 5:19-21, 1 Pet 4:3.

Scripture passages showing that moderate drinking is good:  Gen 27:25, John 2:2-10, Eccl 9:7, Is 25:6, Deut 14:23-26, Luke 7:33-35, 1 Tim 5:23, Sir 31:25-31.

Summa II-II, Q. 150 on drunkenness

Challenge of the week
1)  Invite a friend out for a drink to catch up.  Drink in moderation.

2)  If you know someone who is struggling with alcoholism, help that person with encouragement and support.

 

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