Gratitude: Wanting what you have

In the rooms of AA, I’ve learned that gratitude means “wanting what you have.” At first I had thought this was silly and trite. Of course, I “want what I have!” But upon further thinking it became obvious the trite phrase has a deeper meaning. In our alcoholism, one drink was never enough. The idea …

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A Walk With the Novena of Mary Undoer of Knots, Day 9

Today is Day 9 and thus the final one in our Novena of Mary Undoer of Knots. We ask Mary’s intercession for “this knot in my life…You know very well the suffering it has caused me…” So, what knot is it? Is it the same one you may have prayed about daily, or one of …

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Crucible of Faith

Earlier this month I wrote: Just enough. This is a sequel. The reason I am writing this sequel is that I need to expound somewhat on the “suffering” aspect of that post. Although you might think that there would be increased confidence in relying on Divine Providence, there is a lag time between when the …

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Gratitude: Wanting what you have

One of my least favorite 12 Step meeting topics is “gratitude”. Not that I am not grateful for anything in sobriety, for I have plenty to be grateful for. My main issue whenever this topic is brought up is that quite often the attendees just launch into a list of the things they are grateful …

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Patient endurance

The Office of Readings from the Liturgy of the Hours for this morning had “A treatise on the value of patience, by St Cyprian” from which I excerpt the following parts: “What we do not see, we hope, for Patience is a precept for salvation given us by our Lord our teacher: Whoever endures to …

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Patience has a practical purpose

The Reading from Evening Prayer for today has advice concerning patience, a topic not unfamiliar in 12 Step Meetings: James 1:2-4: “My brothers, you will always have your trials but, when they come, try to treat them as a happy privilege; you understand that your faith is only put to the test to make you …

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Death as a kind of detachment

Today was All Soul’s Day, the day the Church reminds us of the dead who still suffer the pains of Purgatory. My other blog, The Four Last Things primarily concerns itself about such things, and you can read information of the day and Purgatory there. Today’s Office of Readings from the Liturgy of the Hours …

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Novena to St. Therese, the “Little Flower”: Day Five

Prayers to begin novena with each day: Come Holy Spirit and fill the hearts of the faithful, and kindle in them the fire of divine love. V. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created. R. And You shall renew the face of the earth. Let us pray: O God, who have instructed the …

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The dam breaks!

You’re sitting around or going along minding your own business. Then all of a sudden someone says something to you or some thing doesn’t cooperate and BLAMMO off you go on a tirade. (This never happens to me. LOL LOL LOL) From St. Dorotheus: “The man who thinks that he is quiet and peaceful has …

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All things work for good for those who love God

A nice Facebook friend pointed out this passage from Sacred Scripture a few weeks ago when I was stressing out over Ning’s decision to phase out free social networks : Romans 8:28: “We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” (Via USCCB.) If …

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