I had a great time in New Orleans. You might be able to guess from the picture above, that I was not a good little lad while I was there (just remember my post from yesterday "Judge Not"). I'm pretty sure that I broke at least six of the seven deadly sins. I realized this as I was thinking back on Saturday night. The wedding's reception had been in a replica of a Spanish chapel, which had paintings of the deadly sins around the walls.
In the order used by both Pope Gregory and by Dante Alighieri in his epic poem The Divine Comedy, the seven deadly sins are as follows:
- luxuria (lechery/lust)
- gula (gluttony)
- avaritia (avarice/greed)
- acedia (sloth/discouragement)
- ira (wrath)
- invidia (envy)
- superbia (pride)
With the beautiful men dancing on the bar at my favorite New Orleans club, Oz, I was head over heals in LUST. That doesn't even take into account the many beautiful men in the bar Saturday night. Also, New Orleans is known for their food, and I most certainly committed GLUTTONY, though probably more so on the massive quantities of wine I drank. (It was not a pleasant drive home today, but totally worth it.) GREED is supposed to include covetousness and Exodus 20:17 states: "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's...ass." Well, I coveted the asses of many of my fellow neighbors in the bar. And after a night like that, in which I have no idea what time I got back to the hotel, I slept a little late this morning and committed SLOTH as well. Now considering I was in a wonderful mood, seeing friends at the wedding that I have not seen in some time, plus I am a happy drunk, I did not commit wrath. I honestly do not remember a single thing that made me angry at all while I have been in New Orleans. Now, ENVY is a whole other story. I envied many people while in New Orleans: happy couples, men with beautiful bodies, all the beauty that surrounds New Orleans, etc. Most of all, however, my heart burst with PRIDE, that my best friend found a wonderful man that she loves and who loves her. I am so proud of them both, I can't contain myself, and I cried through the wedding because of how happy I was for them.
So, I had a wonderful time in New Orleans, and honestly if you don't commit at least some of these sins while in the city, then you probably did not have as good of a time as you should/could have had.