Virtues of the Smoke

In order to be sure of the validity of this post, I have place a cigar between my lips. To be more specific the cigar was made in Habana, Cuba and is a Romeo No.  3 with a very decent drag. It is medium in strength and has a characteristic Romeo y Julieta style. Robust and complex flavors such as floral, nutty, herbal or woody all flow very nicely and the taste is exquisite. However, I digress, the main purpose of my writing is to share with you my opinion on why smoking can be used to build up the kingdom of Christ, and for those that don’t know, how to turn smoking into a prayer itself.

The Virtues of Smoking:

  1. Patienceg1

    1. It takes time and care to smoke a cigar or pipe. In order to keep it burning strong.

  2. Reflection

    1. With this time you are able to contemplate and reflect life and it’s brevity.

  3. Rejuvenation

    1. A smoke allows for one to be brought up and feel good. To become more ready to serve in the Church Militant.

  4. Camaraderie

    1. Smoking builds a brotherhood.

And now for some more specific details.

The Pipe

Probably my second favorite thing to smoke, the pipe allows for some of the greatest symbols of virtue. Here they are:

  1. When you pack your pipe with tobacco – think of Christ placing and filling your heart with His grace and virtue. Pack it in tight, your mind was once open, but now that you have found Christ you must keep Him in close.
  2. When you light your match and pipe – think of the Holy Spirit lighting you with the holy flame of the Triune God. You are a light that must not be hid underneath a bushel. (Matthew 5:15)
  3. When you inhale and exhale the smoke – this is a memento mori, remember that you will die. Your life is as fleeting as a puff of smoke in the eyes of God.
  4. As the cherry burns deep into the pipe – think of your virtue, the gifts God has given. The more you attend to your soul the deeper your heart burns for Christ.
  5. When you dump out the ash – think of the sower of the seeds (Mark 4:1-20). We are called to become Christ, we called to preach His gospel always. We must always be sowing His seeds of Truth and Love into our friends, family, companions and even enemies.

The Cigar

Probably my favorite thing to smoke, the cigar has much of the similar virtues as that of the pipe, but also some of it’s own. Here they are:

Like the Pipe:

  1. When you light your match and cigar – think of the Holy Spirit lighting you with the holy flame of the Triune God. You are a light that must not be hid underneath a bushel. (Matthew 5:15)
  2. When you inhale and exhale the smoke – this is a memento mori, remember that you will die. Your life is as fleeting as a puff of smoke in the eyes of God.
  3. When you dump the ash – think of the sower of the seeds (Mark 4:1-20). We are called to become Christ, we called to preach His gospel always. We must always be sowing His seeds of Truth and Love into our friends, family, companions and even enemies.

The Cigar on it’s own:

  1. The cigar is something that is not always smoked in one sitting, so when the cigar goes out and you must re light the cigar – Think of the sacrament of confession. How we as humans can cut all ties from God’s grace and we must be reignited with the flame through penance and reconciliation.

The Cigarette

Most people think of the cigarette in particular when the imagine the vices of smoking. And I will concede, that yes, as with all smoking, cigarettes can be the most detrimental to ones health. However, there is still a virtue that allows you to smoke while you pray and serve Christ. The cigarette can be the symbol of instant gratification, which is often viewed as a negative thing, however, instant and small and short prayers can truly make the saint.

Like the Pipe:

  1. When you light your smoke – think of the Holy Spirit lighting you with the holy flame of the Triune God. You are a light that must not be hid underneath a bushel. (Matthew 5:15)
  2. When you inhale and exhale the smoke – this is a memento mori, remember that you will die. Your life is as fleeting as a puff of smoke in the eyes of God.
  3. When you dump the ash – think of the sower of the seeds (Mark 4:1-20). We are called to become Christ, we called to preach His gospel always. We must always be sowing His seeds of Truth and Love into our friends, family, companions and even enemies.

The Cigarette on it’s own:

  1.  When you smoke through a cigarette – pray the chotki, the Jesus Prayer, saying “Lord Jesus Christ son of God,” with the inhale and exhale, “have mercy on me a sinner.” Converse with friends, and use the opportunity to share with others.
    1. Also think of John Bosco. He often smoke cigarettes to keep him up during late nights so that he could better work for the Lord. 

Whether you need to relax and replenish or keep awake far into the night smoking a pipe, a cigar or a cigarette can certainly help in your striving to better build up the kingdom of God. I am not saying everyone should smoke, but I will not say that no one should smoke. Personally: I rarely smoke cigarettes, when I am lucky I smoke a cigar, and I smoke my pipe once a week or so. It keeps me in prayer, helps me think and relaxes me a good bit. Hope you enjoyed the article. God Bless.

IF you have any suggestions for more virtues of the Smoke, please let me know in the comments below. God Bless.

10 comments

  1. Anna Ferrari OrBal · · Reply

    THANK YOU! This pretty much sums up what I go thru and think when I smoke! Thank you for sharing this!

  2. Bill Rudolph · · Reply

    Before I was finished with the entire article I thought this was written as an article for The Onion.

    Very attractive website and very attractive arguments for smoking. However, we all know too much and we all know that smoking even a pipe is very detrimental for health.

    PS, work on your grammar. “Life and it’s briefness”? It should be “life and it’s brevity.”

    1. Thanks for the grammar correction, it has never been my strong point.

      As for the possible detriment towards health. I would say all things in moderation depending upon the knowledge of self, intention and such makes it a virtue or vice.

  3. Interesting article… It seems to me that a lot of this blog’s purpose is to take things in everyday life, that are condoned and to give them excuses for being used, such as smoking. As the above person said, smoking, whether a pipe, or cigarette, is not healthy, no matter the dose. You seem to be wanting to convince people that, contrary to popular belief, it is alright to smoke because of a) b) c) reasons, all of which you make “spiritual reasons” when it is actually just an excuse for smoking and/or drinking etc. This kind of argument can be used for anything. Over all I do believe that making excuses for things really actually lead into sin is quite a bizarre way of evangelizing and pretty vapid.

    1. I see what you are saying. But I would have to disagree and say it is not an excuse, but another perspective. If you are honest with yourself, and realize that smoking is an occasion of sin for you for whatever reasons, it is a sin for you to smoke. No doubt. However, God has put all things on this earth as good things, and man can use them as such. Personally for me, smoking helps me think, study and write. I can do all those things without it, but with it I think I produce a higher quality of material. In addition to that, every puff reminds me of my purpose in life and my own mortality.

      This blog’s purpose is to discuss most things in life, the controversial as well as the (to some) obvious. However, not to re state what has been stated a thousand times but to bring a different perspective and perhaps allow for a greater understanding of what it means, rather than just the letters.

      I will admit, The Catholic Dormitory is not your usual evangelization organization, but we certainly do intend to build up the Catholic Church/Kingdom of Christ in all of our thoughts, words, deeds, and omission.

      I hope you continue to read the blog and comment.

      In the words of Blssd. Fulton Sheen, “God Love you,”
      Dominic

  4. Smoking, as evidenced by these replies, truly has become the last condemnable action in today’s culture.

    1. It is my opinion that smoking has become the scapegoat of evil.

  5. I must agree that smoking has become the scapegoat for modern culture. Also, on the opposite side of this, physical health is one of the chief idols of modernity. I was recently at a bar, where I courteously offered a lady a smoke she declined my offer with the words: “No, I am a good girl.” What is the meaning of “good” anymore, if it is reduced to the level that I eat and drink and am physically healthy? It is reduced to a completely materialistic point of view, and that is not a Catholic perspective.

  6. Thought this sermon on smoking from a catholic priest in full communion with Rome would be of use.

  7. Deacon David · · Reply

    Nice reflection

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