Be transformed by the renewal of your mind

The Second Reading for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time is one of my favorites. The part italicized used to be in the header of this blog, and was the first Bible verse I memorized. Romans 12:1-2: “I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God,to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice,holy …

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Like fire burning in my heart

The First Reading for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time is particularly relevant for anyone who does God’s will, but resisted it at first: Jeremiah 20:7-9: “You duped me, O LORD, and I let myself be duped;you were too strong for me, and you triumphed.All the day I am an object of laughter;everyone mocks me. …

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Super Commenter Award!

Yours truly, Paulcoholic, has received a blogging award! I am trying to be humble as this has never happened before, which isn’t too shocking as seeing that Sober Catholic is a niche blog that doesn’t fit too well into many of the categories that the big annual blogging awards have. And in the things that …

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Seven Deadly Sins

Penitent Jeff over at Conversion for Life | A Catholic Journey has started writing a series of posts on the Seven Deadly Sins. Check him out. 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 …

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The sins of my youth

In the Liturgy of the Hours reading for Daytime Prayer (Midday) there is a line from Sacred Scripture that stood out: Psalm 25:7: “Remember no more the sins of my youth; remember me only in light of your love.“ (Via USCCB.) Our alcoholic and addictive past is full of wreckage, mostly sinful. The weight of …

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Restless Hearts

Today, August 28, is the Feast of St. Augustine. You can read all about him in this article from CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: St. Augustine of Hippo . Many times in 12 Step meetings or when listening to someone in recovery speak about their journey, they mention a “hole in the soul” that was filled by their …

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Look upon the Cross

A very nice lady walked up to my wife and I after Mass and told a story about her grandmother. The story itself isn’t important, except that she related something that her grandmother told her about going through trying times. “See that man upon the Cross? Look at Him and THEN tell me your troubles.” …

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Blog activity (repost)

Sorry I haven’t posted in over 2 weeks. I have been putting in a lot of overtime (voluntary and mandatory) at work, and what with sleeping and entertaining some out-of-town guests blogging had taken a hit. At least I have been able to spend some time on Catholics in Recovery . That was actually a …

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Fallen Sparrow

I received an email today from a fellow Catholic blogger who also writes on the Faith and his sober journey with it. Check out: Fallen Sparrow (Via Colin O..) Read him and support his efforts! Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like Catholic devotionals for alcoholics? Please take a look at my books! (Thank you!!)”The …

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An effective prayer against the usual mental maladies that plague us

There is a prayer at the end of the Divine Mercy Chaplet that I say quite often when I am experiencing fear, anxiety, stress, resentment (and so on): Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your Mercy in us, that in difficult moments …

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