Consecration of Sober Catholic to Mary

This blog has a new patron. As today is February 11th, traditionally the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes (and the World Day of the Sick), I have decided to consecrate Sober Catholic to the Blessed Virgin Mary. I have mentioned previously (most recently today, in Our Lady of Lourdes/World Day of the Sick) that …

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Our Lady of Lourdes/World Day of the Sick

This is a story about a Marian feast day, its significance; a saint and what he did with it; and what all this meant for yours truly. Today is February 11th, the 160th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparition to St. Bernadette Soubirous in a grotto near Lourdes, France in 1858. The apparition was significant in …

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Sober Catholic named a “Top ‘Sober Living’ Blog!

I received an email last week from Anuj Agarwal, the founder of FeedSpot, a blog feed service. According to their panel, Sober Catholic is one of the Top 60 “Living Sober” Blogs!!! (I came in at Number 11!) Thank you so much, I am honored by the recognotion. Congratulations are also in order for my …

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Slight change in direction for Sober Catholic

In about a week I will commemorate the twelfth anniversary of my Mom’s death. One of the impacts of her dying and eventual death has been my increasing interest in Catholic teaching on the afterlife and specifically a growing devotion to the Holy Souls in Purgatory. When I started Sober Catholic almost eleven years ago …

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100th Anniversary of the founding of the Militia of the Immaculata

Today marks the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Militia of the Immaculata, an evangelization apostolate of St. Maximilian Kolbe. Established on the evening of October 16, 1917 at the Conventual Franciscan’s College in Rome by St. Maximilian and six of his fellow students, its goal is to “win the whole world for Christ …

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One curious phenomenon…

I’ve taken to regular repeat readings and studies of AA’s “Big Book” and “12 and 12.” Although my Catholicism takes precedence in my recovery, Twelve Step literature – especially the main reference works, do provide major assistance in dealing with life issues and such. I have noticed one curious phenomenon every time since I last …

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Fifteenth Sober Anniversary: Went outside to get outside (of myself)

Today I celebrated my 15th Anniversary of getting sober. I celebrated it in good sober Catholic fashion: I went to Mass, prayed a lot this morning and as it was my day off and the weather was nice spent a lot if it outdoors. I practiced gratitude for a (finally) working lawn mower by getting …

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Daily Prayer routine

Thanks to an email conversation with a reader, I thought it might be useful to divulge what I do concerning my prayer life, especially as it is central to my recovery within the Faith. After I awaken each morning (waking up is key 😉 ) and get a mug of coffee firmly placed on a …

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Sober Catholic’s TENTH Bloggaversary!

It was ten years ago today that I published my first post on Sober Catholic, “Hi, I’m Paul, and I’m and Alcoholic!” Nothing much else to say except I never really thought I’d still be doing this. My hopes and dreams regarding this were to hopefully reach out to those who were searching for some …

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My “Way” Obsession

“Hi, my name is Paul, and I am a Wayaholic.” I’m admitting to having developed an ongoing obsession interest in the movie, “The Way,” which I blogged about a few months ago, right here: “The Way-the Movie.”. It is now about six months since I wrote that, I must have seen the film well over a …

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