Spiritual prepping for Fatima and 2017 UPDATED (AGAIN!)

NOTE: Post updated AGAIN with a corrected link and additional items. Calling Catholic men (and ladies, too!) Fr. Richard Heilman of the Roman Catholic Man site has a challenge for you! Quote: “Inspired by the excellent program, “Exodus 90,” and all of the research that reveals it takes 90 days to replace bad habits (even …

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God’s voice versus Satan’s voice

I came across one of those “inspiring” images online; I rarely (if ever) have posted them on here, I usually just share them on SoberCatholic’s social media Pages. But this one deserves a share here, as I think it addresses a problem common to all alcoholics and addicts, regardless of how long sober and clean. …

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Try and make amends before it’s too late

I blogged earlier today on The Four Last Things about an online friend’s sudden death. I won’t reiterate here what I said there, so please read that post. But given the nature of Sober Catholic, I will offer an exhortation to those who have yet to make amends to people they need to (or have …

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WWJD

There’s a fad, mostly over, I think, concerning how a Christian should behave in a particular situation. “WWJD,” as in “What Would Jesus Do?” The implication is that He would be “nice.” There’s a joke going around the Internet which suggests that whenever asked, “WWJD?,” you should state something like: “An acceptable response might be …

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Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings

Do you trust others? Rely on people? We all do, to a certain extent. But not everyone is completely trustworthy. We alcoholics know this too well, in part because we were oftentimes the one least trusted. Nevertheless, God revealed to the prophet Jeremiah in the First Reading from today’s Mass for THursday of the Second …

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Forgive us our trespasses

Have people wronged you? Have you wronged others? Of course, you cannot go through life without experiencing either event. As much as we are loath to admit it, we have screwed over quite a lot of people over the decades of our lives. We can ask forgiveness. If it is not possible to seek forgiveness …

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Those who are healthy do not need a physician

Today’s Lenten post is an excerpt from the Gospel for today’s Mass for the Saturday after Ash Wednesday. Luke 5: 31-32 “And responding, Jesus said to them: “It is not those who are well who need a doctor, but those who have maladies. I have not come to call the just, but sinners to repentance.” …

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Death! Where is your sting?

NOTE: this post is a version slightly edited from The Four Last Things. “O death! You separate those who are joined to each other in marriage. You harshly and cruelly divide those whom friendship unites. But your power is broken. Your heinous yoke has been destroyed by the One who sternly threatened you when Hosea …

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Obsessing! And for what?

All that worrying… A few days ago on one of the online recovery sites I’m a member of, I posted a reply to someone who bashed belief in a Higher Power. He was all about multiple paths to sobriety, which is fine. I agree with that. If you’re into a non-spiritual, non-religious method, great, as …

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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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