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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.

"The greatest glory we can give to God is to do his will in everything."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"Try to turn your heart from the love of things visible and bring yourself to things invisible. For they who follow their own evil passions stain their consciences and lose the grace of God. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"Every man naturally desires knowledge; but what good is knowledge without fear of God? Indeed a humble rustic who serves God is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to study the course of the stars."
Thomas á Kempis

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