Hide not your face from me in the day of my distress

This excerpt from the Responsorial Psalm for the Mass from Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent is an excellent prayer of distress in times of pain: Psalm 102:2-3: “O LORD, hear my prayer,and let my cry come to you.Hide not your face from mein the day of my distress.Incline your ear to me;in the …

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Sober for Christ

John Garcia, a member of Catholics in Recovery, has a great website entitled: Sober for Christ. It is a very well done and inspirational tool for all of us sober catholic alcoholics (and addicts) to use. Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like Catholic devotionals for alcoholics? Please take a look at my books! (Thank …

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Suppressed consciences

This excerpt from the First Reading for Mass for the Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent serves an interesting insight into the inner workings of the mind on its way to committing sin (and an addictive relapse): Daniel 13:6-14: “…These men, to whom all brought their cases, frequented the house of Joakim. When the …

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A Worthy Wife

A sign of recovery is being able to live amongst people without the need for the crutch of an addiction. As someone once said in an AA meeting I attended (a paraphrase): “Recovery does for me what alcohol used to: it enables me to live among people.” One obvious sign of success in recovery is …

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Fifth Sunday of Lent

The Responsorial Psalm for the Fifth Sunday of Lent is a renowned hymn of sorrow for sin and repentance: Psalm 51:3-4,12-15: “Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.Thoroughly wash me from my guiltand of my sin cleanse me. A clean heart create for me, …

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O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge

The Responsorial Psalm for Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent offers consolation to those suffering from the acts of others: Psalm 7:2-3,9-12: “O LORD, my God, in you I take refuge;save me from all my pursuers and rescue me,Lest I become like the lion’s prey,to be torn to pieces, with no one to rescue …

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Close to the brokenhearted

The Responsorial Psalm for Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent offers comfort to those experiencing pain: Psalm 34:17-23: “The LORD’S face is against evildoers to wipe out their memory from the earth. When the just cry out, the LORD hears and rescues them from all distress. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted, saves …

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The image of a grass-eating bull

The Responsorial Psalm for Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent has nice imagery which can be symbolic of someone in relapse. Psalm 106:19–23: “At Horeb they fashioned a calf, worshiped a metal statue. They exchanged their glorious God for the image of a grass-eating bull. They forgot the God who saved them, who did …

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Solemnity of the Annunciation

Today is the Solemnity of the Annunciation. I wrote about it before: Solemnity of the Annunciation, Part 1 Solemnity of the Annunciation, Part 2 (On Humility) 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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Our refuge and our strength

The Responsorial Psalm for Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent is a comforting reminder of where we can find a safe refuge when things are bad: Psalm 46:2-9: “God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress. Thus we do not fear, though earth be shaken and mountains quake to the …

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