New Scriptural Rosary website

From Bill B., a Sober Catholic reader: Hello, I was surfing through Catholic blogs and came across your blog. It was especially interesting to me because my father was an alcoholic and he eventually passed away when his liver failed him. He was a great dad! Somehow he managed to coach our ball teams, provide …

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Trusting in God

A prayer by St. Francis DeSales: Do not look forward to the changes and chances of this life with fear. Rather, look to them with full confidence that, as they arise, God to whom you belong will in His love enable you to profit by them. He has guided you thus far in life. Do …

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The Devout Life

There is a Saint that should become familiar to Sober Catholic readers. This is St. Francis DeSales. He wrote a classic text on spiritual development entitled “The Introduction to the Devout Life”. I admit to not having read it (yet) and therefore only know it by its eminent reputation. An excerpt on this text and …

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He is out of His mind

From the Gospel from today’s Mass on Saturday morning: Mark 3:20-21 Jesus came with his disciples into the house. Again the crowd gathered, making it impossible for them even to eat. When his relatives heard of this they set out to seize him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.” Take some comfort …

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Five Smooth Stones

An excerpt from the First Reading from today’s Mass: 1 Samuel 17:40 Then, staff in hand, David selected five smooth stones from the wadi and put them in the pocket of his shepherd’s bag. In his homily, the priest at a parish I attend had said that the reference to a particular number of stones …

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Gratitude

Gratitude is wanting what you already have, and being thankful to God for it. Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like Catholic devotionals for alcoholics? Please take a look at my books! (Thank you!!)”The Recovery Rosary: Reflections for Alcoholics and Addicts” and “The Stations of the Cross for Alcoholics”

Mom's Birthday

Today would have been her 92nd birthday. A post from a year ago. Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like Catholic devotionals for alcoholics? Please take a look at my books! (Thank you!!)”The Recovery Rosary: Reflections for Alcoholics and Addicts” and “The Stations of the Cross for Alcoholics”

The well do not need a physician

The Gospel reading from today’s Mass (Saturday daily, not Sunday Vigil) has a particular relevance for us alcoholics: Mark 2:13-17; Jesus went out along the sea. All the crowd came to him and he taught them. As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting at the customs post. Jesus said to him, …

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The Four Last Things

I’ve started another blog, entitled “The Four Last Things.” It can be found  here . It is about the four last things that we all will face: Death, Judgement, Heaven or Hell. Topics not often brought up in recovery meetings. The first  post tells all about it. Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like Catholic …

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Alcoholism and Temperance (the Virtue)

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (“CCC”) has this to say in the subject of alcoholism: Paragraph 2290; The virtue of temperance disposes us to avoid every kind of excess: the abuse of food, alcohol, tobacco, or medicine. Those incur grave guilt who, by drunkenness or a love of speed, endanger their own and others’ …

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