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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Aqua Vitae

Following up on a previous post, I thought it opportune to exalt yet another gift of God and one which the contributors to this blog are quite well acquainted: aqua vitae. Let us allow Mr. Chesterton (once again) to speak:
"For in so far as drinking is really a sin it is not because drinking is wild, but because drinking is tame; not in so far as it is anarchy, but in so far as it is slavery. Probably the worst way to drink is to drink medicinally. Certainly the safest way to drink is to drink carelessly; that is, without caring much for anything, and especially not caring for the drink."
I post this in order to intellectually skewer those who would add abhorrent appellations to the water of life such as "demon rum," etc. Likewise, to educate that fine, zealous, young Catholic woman who seems ill-at-ease at the prospect of her future husband taking a wee drop o' the creature above. This is part of life and one of the Creator's greatest gifts--it lightens the heart and enhances conversation. So tonight: have a glass of wine with your meal; pour a nightcap to your beloved; meet a friend at a pub; toast the latest statement from the CDF; or pour yourself a single malt and compose a blog post! Whatever you choose, revel in your creation as a human person and realize that not even the angels can glory in what you can.




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