Thursday, September 21, 2006

Beer and Creation

Beer has long been associated with monasteries and the Catholic faith. Being a good Catholic I decided to follow in the footsteps of the many good saints in Heaven who partook in such a glorious drink. But as Chesterton said “We should thank God for beer and Burgundy by not drinking too much of them” I do not advocate abusing the drink, for what follows is only a light hearted introduction to creation. The section numbers are where you can find the information from the "Catechism of the Catholic Church."

God is present in all of creation (§300).

All of God’s creation is Good (§299).

God creates out of love and wisdom (§295).

God created barley, yeast, hops, and water by love and wisdom.

In some way God is present in the barley, yeast, hops, and water, all of which are good.

God communicates his glory through his creation (§293).

God’s glory can be found in barley, yeast, hops, and water, all of which are good.

God allows humanity to share in the perfecting of the world (§306).

Humanity perfects barley, yeast, hops, and water by combining, roasting, and brewing the ingredients together.

By sharing in God’s divine intelligence humanity created beer (§299).

That is, Beer is made from humanity’s work and God’s love (§306).

The process of creating beer involves the use of God’s creation, and in someway beer contains God’s glory.

By drinking beer humanity partakes in God’s glory.

“The glory of God is [humanity] fully alive” (§294).

By drinking beer humanity fills their bodies with God’s glory.

Therefore, by drinking beer, a person becomes more fully alive, is further filled with God’s glory, and becomes a testimony to God’s glory.

So, beer is a glorious, loving, and wise drink and should be drunk by all in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord Almighty.


John Seymour said...

I think it was Ben Franklin who said something like: "Ale is proof that God exists and that he wants us to be happy."

Paul Cat said...

Yes you are correct John. I also like Chesterton's:
"No animal ever invented anything as bad as drunkenness - or as good as a drink."

"We can thank God for beer and burgundy by not drinking too much of them."
--G. K. Chesterton

Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

The monks who started my monastery came from St. Meinrad Archabbey. Before finding our permanent location in Oceanside, California, they first lived in a borrowed mansion in Riverside, California, that still had a "speak-easy" from prohibition days.

Anonymous said...

I believe the beer as evidence God wants us to be happy quote is from St Brigid. A good Irish woman.

Unknown said...

by that logic, god condones heroine and meth, too. nice.

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