1. The sleeplessness that wealth brings makes a man lose weight; his worries drive sleep away.

2. The cares of the day prevent sleep; in the same way, serious illness makes rest impossible.

3. The rich man toils to increase his wealth and then sits back and lives in luxury;

4. the poor man toils to survive and is in want as soon as he leaves off.

5. He who loves gold cannot be righteous; whoever runs after gain will be led astray.

6. Many have been ruined because of gold; disgrace went to meet them.

7. Gold is a snare for those who are possessed by love of it. The senseless will be caught in it.

8. Happy is the rich man who has not sinned in this way and has not gone after gold!

9. Who is he? Let us say: Fortunate man! For he has given a wonderful example.

10. Who has been tested in this and found perfect? He has reason to be proud. Who could have sinned but resisted, who could have done wrong and did not do it?

11. His fortune is firmly established and the assembly will acknowledge his generosity.

12. Are you seated at a lavish banquet? Don't be over-ready to eat and don't say, "What a feast!"

13. Remember that a greedy eye is an evil thing. What is worse than such an eye? That is why it was condemned to weep.

14. Do not stretch out your hand to everything you see or be quick in reaching for a dish.

15. Judge the needs of your fellow guest by your own and in all things act prudently.

16. Eat what is set before you like an educated person and don't be a glutton, lest you be detested.

17. Like a well-mannered man, be the first to stop; don't be voracious if you are to avoid difficulties.

18. If important people are present, do not be the first to serve yourself.

19. A little is sufficient for a well-bred person; your breathing moreover will be easier when you go to bed.

20. Healthy sleeping is for the moderate eater. He rises early and feels fit! Sleeplessness and stomach trouble attend the overindulgent.

21. If you are obliged to eat too much, go off and vomit and you will be at ease.

22. Listen to me, my friend, and do not neglect what I say; in the end you will see the truth of it. Be moderate in all that you do and you will be without illness.

23. A generous host is appreciated: he is justly praised,

24. but everyone will complain about a stingy host and their complaints will be justified.

25. Do not try to show how much wine you can take, for wine has been the ruin of many.

26. As the furnace tests the temper of steel, so wine proves hearts and makes proud men quarrel.

27. Wine is life for man if taken in moderation. What is life without wine?

28. Wine makes for a glad heart and a cheerful mind, if taken moderately and at the right time.

29. But if taken to excess it brings bitterness of soul, excitement and a fumbling step.

30. Drunkenness inflames the anger of a stupid person to the point of scandal. It reduces his strength and brings him blows.

31. Do not reproach a neighbor during a wine feast, and don't look down on him when he is merry; do not speak harshly to him or annoy him by asking him to settle a debt.

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“Padre Pio disse a um filho espiritual: Trabalhe! Ele perguntou: No que devo trabalhar, Padre? Ele respondeu: Em amar sempre mais a Jesus!” São Padre Pio de Pietrelcina


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