Ask the pathways of old

The Old Testament Reading from today’s Daytime Prayer had something that stuck out for me:

Jeremiah 6:16: “Thus says the LORD: Stand beside the earliest roads, ask the pathways of old “Which is the way to good”, and walk it; thus you will find rest for your souls.”

(Via USCCB.)

This sort of reminds me of lines from AA’s “Big Book” in which the newly sober are advised to re-examine the religion of their youth and also to listen to religious members and take the best of what they offer.

I do not know how many people nowadays respect this advice. I did, and I felt it justified my seeking out my Catholic faith and what it had to offer for alcoholism in my very early days of recovery. I was going to do it anyway, but it provided some needed support as early on I discovered the bias against organized religion (i.e. the Catholic Church).

My interpretation is probably taken out of context from whatever Jeremiah meant, but seeking out the ancient Faith of Catholicism with all its history of saints, miracles, healing and holiness was an obvious thing to turn to to shore up the shallow spirituality that is Twelve Steps.

The Catholic Faith is the sure road to Salvation.

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