Man = Brewery
Here is some happy news about beer. Apparently brewers yeast sometimes survives the stomach and sets up a brewery in the gut! While a sin to be a drunkard, it is a heresy to reject the joy of alcohol.
We enjoy our alcohol so much, we even have blogs devoted to it! In Catholicism, we know “a joyful heart is more easily made perfect than a downcast one” (St. Philip Neri) so we have constantly been fighting off excessive rigorism to keep the heart joyful. The vast majority of the heresies, especially the old ones, tended to be very severe in practice (Pelagianism, Donatism, Albigensianism, etc.), and it’s nice to know we have a long history of being relaxed about simple pleasures of life.
Give strong drink to anyone who is perishing,
and wine to the embittered;
When they drink, they will forget their misery,
and think no more of their troubles. (verses 6-7)
So remember the next time life feels overwhelming, a pint or two to ease your troubles is God’s prescription, but please don’t abuse the medicine.