G.K. Chesterton said, “In Catholicism, the pint, the pipe and the Cross can all fit together.” Indeed, they can, and they must. It is ironic that Christians who think all drinking is drunkenness and all smoking is vice are those who think Jesus suffered and died so that we do not have to. It is no surprise that Christians who believe in redemptive suffering have a happy and holy indifference to alcohol and tobacco. As Chesterton said, “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.” For it is equally the puritan and the pagan who think too much about drinking and smoking; most likely because they forget Christ’s first public miracle was the turning water into wine, and His perpetual memorial is the turning of wine into His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. The Catholic - whether he is a formal member of the Catholic Church or not - is the kind of Christian who accepts the pint, the pipe and the Cross. For though neither of them are good for the body, they are all good for the soul.