Vice Squad
Thursday, November 27, 2003

Today is one of those special days when the usual rules
concerning vice are suspended. So pay little heed to
this warning, borrowed from

In the words of nineteenth-century Russian Bishop Ignatius Brianchaninov:

Wise temperance of the stomach is a door to all the virtues. Restrain the stomach, and you will enter Paradise. But if you please and pamper your stomach, you will hurl yourself over the precipice of bodily impurity, into the fire of wrath and fury, you will coarsen and darken your mind, and in this way you will ruin your powers of attention and self-control, your sobriety and vigilance.

(Back to Vice Squad.) No mention from Ignatius as to
whether a tax on fatty foods would be a good idea.
Happy holiday!

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