Pipe Smoking 101

I thought this was a very good post and wanted to share for those who are think of starting up a chapter of the Pint, Pipe and Cross Club.

The Catholic Gentleman

There’s nothing quite as enjoyable as a good pipe—the sweet scent, the smoke rising in gentle clouds, the feel of finely crafted briar in your hand. Then add a good conversation with another man, or even just gazing into space while sitting on your front porch, and you get a wonderful, time-honored, and manly hobby.

Since starting this blog, I have gotten a number of comments and questions about pipe smoking. It’s understandable, as smoking has a long and venerable tradition among men, and especially among Catholics. G.K. Chesterton, Pope St. Pius X, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, Evelyn Waugh, J.R.R. Tolkien, Hilaire Belloc, and St. Damian of Molokai are just some of the famous Catholic smokers. If you take up smoking, you’re in good company.

Because I’ve gotten so many inquiries on this hobby, I’ve decided to share a few basics on how to get started.


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Beer, Wine, Pipes, Cigars and the Catholic Good Life!

The Catholic Church is like a thick steak, a glass of red wine, and a good cigar.
G.K. Chesterton


In Catholicism, the pint, the pipe and the Cross can all fit together.
GK Chesterton


From man’s sweat and God’s love, beer came into the world.
Saint Arnold of Metz, The Patron Saint of Brewers


Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine,
There’s always laughter and good red wine.
At least I’ve always found it so.
Benedicamus Domino!
Hilaire Belloc


Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath, and a glass of good wine.
St. Thomas Aquinas


I would like a great lake of beer for the King of Kings.
St. Brigid of Ireland



Welcome to the Pint, Pipe and Cross Club

Yesterday, Aug 6, 2013, I and a couple of others were inspired to attempt to start a Pint, Pipe and Cross Club based upon a post on Facebook by The Catholic Gentleman about a GK Chesterton quote, “the pint, the pipe and the Cross can all fit together.”

Eagle_and_Child_(interior)What a marvelous idea. I really enjoying having a good pint of strong ale (I homebrew 🙂 ), smoking my pipe and enjoying good, even spirited conversation about the Catholic faith. I think it was all kind of spontaneous, but I immediately envisioned a group of men gathering at a local pub once or twice a month and partaking of this type of activity. I picture JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis meeting at the Eagle and Child Pub (or as they called it, The Bird and Baby) in Oxford, engaging in lively discussion, having a few laughs, hefting a few pints, surrounded by pipe and cigar smoke, challenging one another to live as better Christian men.

This has all the elements that good Catholic men love, and it makes for a good environment to keep each other accountable and engaged in their faith.

Let me know your thoughts. I see this being something more. Catholic men gathering in an informal way to discuss the important things in life. It need not be complicated or contrived, but a organic movement. I love it. What say you?