"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Aren't we neat though.

I was always very careful about the ash as I smoked. Sometimes I miss smoking so much.
Photo credit: Life


  1. I miss smoking too, but it's only been an hour.

  2. I miss too... mostly I miss the excuse to take frequent breaks that my smoking co-workers seemed privileged to have.

  3. Glad you don't smoke anymore, Terry. I pray you have the strength to continue with your commitment.

  4. Can someone tell me why smoking is not a sin yet gluttony is?
    Whilst I am eating a donut , the only one that I am hurting is myself. I am not forcing you to breath it or to wear it.

    Confused in Kansas.

  5. Now I thought smoking is a sin. At least, when not done in moderation. But then again, WHAT smoker smokes in moderation? But I suppose the habitual aspect of it may lessen culpability. Terry, what's the Church's position on this, you know? I've heard so many conflicting views.

  6. If smoking has become a habit, I believe it is considered an imperfection. My understanding is that if a smoker returns to the habit, it may still be an imperfection or at most a venial sin - consideration taken into account for how strong the addiction is, and circumstances surrounding the relapse. With what we know today, beginning to smoke, or excessive smoking would probably be a venial sin - although deliberately doing so with the intention of contracting cancer or heart disease would probably be a mortal sin. I've never met anyone who smoked for those reasons.

    And if I understand things well, gluttony falls under the heading of intemperance, and is probably at most a venial sin. Unless one eats continuously with the itention of exploding.

    But once again, I have to caution my readers - always ask your confessor and don't count on me.

  7. Gosh, I thought gluttony was a deadly sin -Like a Mortal sin.
    I must have gone to confession all of those times needlessly! ;)

    I think that smoking is a deadly sin especially when smoking without reguard for those around you .For example when I was about
    8 years old ,I was sitting in the middle of my Mom , and my "twisted sister-Grandmother" after a huge meal, riding in a securely sealed automobile, while "hill jumping," because my Dad liked to drive like a bat out of hell ,and he liked to be at his destination instantaniously. All the while he too was smoking along with my very sinful misguided grandfather.

    I should'a hurled then that would have solved the whole problem, except that I would have paid dearly when I got home. I perfered for my ass to be welt-less.

    When I go to confession, it is usually outside on the sidewalk ,and often times Father smokes at the same time, while "I" am confessing gluttony, how much sense does that make?

    Wouldn't eating disordered be considered a mortal sin?
    So much to ponder here.

    And photos of smoking makes me feel queezy. I may hurl, and your cleaning that up - not me mister.

  8. Belinda - like I said, I don't know for sure. I'll have to refresh my understanding of moral theology. I'm pretty sure smoking crack is a mortal sin though. You have no idea how disappointed I was to find that out. ;)

  9. Speaking of "Crack" I dreamt that I was taking drugs and that my nose was full of some sort of drugs last night. It was a terrible nightmare. I will pray ,and do penance for druggies.... The poor, poor souls are living a hell on earth.

    You dont take crack , you are cracked.

  10. Yep - gluttony is a mortal sin - that is, if the criteria for mortal sin is met:

    1) serious matter.
    2) knowledge or firm belief the act is grave prior to committing the act.
    3) full consent of the will.

    All 3 of these dispositions must be present simultaneously for a sin to be mortal. This is from a respected priest in this archdiocese.

  11. I thought so even with my limited intellect, and why yes I generally meet all three of the criteria.

  12. David9:32 AM

    I don't miss it because...i still smoke. Ah....

  13. Anonymous11:58 AM

    when i'm in a bar, i wanna smell it.

    i enjoy my pipe.



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