Drunkenness is temporary suicide: the happiness that it brings is merely negative, a momentary cessation of unhappiness
~ Bertrand Russell (May 18, 1872 - February 02, 1970)
He had been given a strong faith through his parents. As an adult, in his teen years and early college, he kind of got away from the church, and ended up going to St. John's University in Minnesota. Tom was very intellectual, enjoyed the discourse with monks, had a lot of questions, and I think the monks provided a great insight into the faith he had grown up with and somehow had been missing.