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148. Gluttony

1. Gluttony is excess in eating and drinking. It is animmoderate indulgence in the delights of the palate. Gluttony istherefore inordinate, therefore unreasonable, therefore anevil.

2. Gluttony is usually not a serious sin, but it could besuch a sin. It would be a mortal sin in a person so given to thedelights of eating and drinking that he is ready to abandon virtue,and God himself, to obtain this pleasure.

3. Gluttony is a sin of the flesh, a carnal sin.Hence, in itself, it is not so great a sin as a spiritualsin or a sin of malice.

4. Gluttony denotes inordinate desire in eatingand drinking. It shows itself in the avidity with which a personindulges his appetite; in his love of delicate and expensive foods;in the importance he attaches to the discerning of fine qualitiesin foods, vintages, cookery; in voraciousness or greediness; ineating or drinking too much. St. Isidore (De Summ. Bon.ii) says that a gluttonous person is excessive in what, when,how, and how much he eats and drinks.

5. A capital sin is a source-sin; a spring, large orsmall, from whichflow many evil streams. Now gluttony leadsreadily to other sins, for it indulges pleasure of the flesh whichis the most alluring of all pleasures. Gluttony is, therefore, acapital sin.

6. Gluttony leads to inordinate fleshly delight, to dullness ofmind, to injudiciousness of speech, to levity of conduct, and touncleanness.

"He who wishes to be perfectly obeyed, should give but few orders."
St Philip Neri

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"Whom do you seek, friend, if you seek not God? Seek him, find him, cleave to him; bind your will to his with bands of steel and you will live always at peace in this life and in the next."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"If you wish to learn and appreciate something worth while, then love to be unknown and considered as nothing. Truly to know and despise self is the best and most perfect counsel."
Thomas á Kempis

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