Phew, for a second I was worried the creator of your other newly added blog might be getting it. Ashes to ashes...
That's cute, but the thought of someone smashing their cigarette but and grinding it into Jesus' face is a bit disconcerting. I think he suffered enough on the Cross.
I meant cigarette "butt". I can spell...really I can!
I think the Catechism tells us what we need to know about this like most things: Church is far more permissive than these zealots: 2288 Life and physical health are precious gifts entrusted to us by God. We must take reasonable care of them, taking into account the needs of others and the common good. Concern for the health of its citizens requires that society help in the attainment of living-conditions that allow them to grow and reach maturity: food and clothing, housing, health care, basic education, employment, and social assistance. 2289 If morality requires respect for the life of the body, it does not make it an absolute value. It rejects a neo-pagan notion that tends to promote the cult of the body, to sacrifice everything for it's sake, to idolize physical perfection and success at sports. By its selective preference of the strong over the weak, such a conception can lead to the perversion of human relationships. 2290 The virtue of temperance disposes us to avoid every kind of excess: the abuse of food, alcohol, tobacco, or medicine. Those incur grave guilt who, by drunkenness or a love of speed, endanger their own and others' safety on the road, at sea, or in the air. A pack a day isn't excess, is it? It is a moronic habit, though, I'll admit.
"The virtue of temperance disposes us to avoid every kind of excess: the abuse of alcohol..."oops.
It's not about the smoking - it's about effective blasphemy every time you put one out - that's pretty sick. I didn't need to see that.
hence the reinforcement to never light up... I think it's a brilliant deterrent.
Where on Earth did you find this? I think it could make an excellent gag gift for my boyfriend, who came home to the Church four years ago and started smoking close to a pack a day six years ago. I doubt he'll use it for its intended purpose (he smokes outside exclusively and uses an old bug candle on his porch as an ashtray), thus circumventing the blasphemy risk, but it might just put a bug in his ear! Haha :)
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