Lent

As Ash Wednesday is today, thus signifying the beginning of Lent, I thought I’d post a link to a post from a few years ago: Lent The post also contains a link to a previous year’s post. Click away! (Last year I managed to blog daily during Lent. Not sure if I can do that …

Continue reading ‘Lent’ »

Praying Lent 2010

Today is Ash Wednesday. Here is a great resource for getting through Lent in a prayerful way: Praying Lent 2010 (Via Creighton University.) 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 …

Continue reading ‘Praying Lent 2010’ »

The rebuilding

My series of meditations on Psalm 51 was thought to be over as the Biblical margin notes indicated that the last 2 verses had been added substantially later and are also different in tone and focus (probably due to their later addition). I have reconsidered not including them, as they are a good reminder of …

Continue reading ‘The rebuilding’ »

By their fruits you shall know them

Spirit Daily posted an article recently on spiritual growth and development, an issue that is near and dear to the hearts of people in recovery everywhere. It’s a good read, here it is: SEEK YOUR ‘HIGHEST SELF’ AND REMEMBER THAT BY THE FRUITS WE KNOW OTHERS AND OURSELVES Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like …

Continue reading ‘By their fruits you shall know them’ »

Our Lady of Lourdes Novena for Alcoholics: Day 9

The intention of this novena was to focus attention on the healing aspects of Catholicism through a devotion to Mary, the Mother of God. Mary as Our Lady of Lourdes was chosen as she is an obvious recourse for Catholic addicts and alcoholics. She is our primary intercessor with the Trinity, and like any good …

Continue reading ‘Our Lady of Lourdes Novena for Alcoholics: Day 9’ »

Our Lady of Lourdes Novena for Alcoholics: Day 8

Recovery from addictions is quite often referred to as a “path” or “road”. In AA literature there is the often used phrase: “trudging the road of happy destiny.” Many times people fall away or drift off that road. This is a relapse. People relapse for many reasons. Some, like me, relapse early on in recovery. …

Continue reading ‘Our Lady of Lourdes Novena for Alcoholics: Day 8’ »

Our Lady of Lourdes Novena for Alcoholics: Day 7

Yesterday during the sixth day of this novena, I wrote about forgiveness. Today the subject is a related issue, that of resentment. Resentment it is said, means “to feel again”. We alcoholics all understand this. When we resent something we are reliving the event all over, we nurture the emotion and maintain the grudge against …

Continue reading ‘Our Lady of Lourdes Novena for Alcoholics: Day 7’ »

Our Lady of Lourdes Novena for Alcoholics: Day 6

We all bear grudges at one time or another. Someone has wronged us, either by a real infraction or a perceived one, and we are hurt. There is a wound on our psyche and we suffer. The hurt remains and we are tied to the person and the event by this feeling. This is maintained …

Continue reading ‘Our Lady of Lourdes Novena for Alcoholics: Day 6’ »

Our Lady of Lourdes Novena for Alcoholics: Day 5

Patience is a condition that we alcoholics have serious issues with. And these issues can continue well into our sobriety. It seems as if we can never ever fully get rid of the “I want what I want and I want it now” attitude, no matter how much we have worked on developing our sense …

Continue reading ‘Our Lady of Lourdes Novena for Alcoholics: Day 5’ »

Our Lady of Lourdes Novena for Alcoholics: Day 4

Grief. Mourning the death of a loved one and dealing with how to fill the hole created in your life by the loss may be the biggest threat to an alcoholic’s sobriety. The grand theological concepts of Faith such as an afterlife and a possible reunion with the beloved in Heaven only if you both …

Continue reading ‘Our Lady of Lourdes Novena for Alcoholics: Day 4’ »