The Future of the Four Last Things Blog

I have spent much of this past month discerning the future of “The Four Last Things Blog.” Originally it was to be an auxiliary to Sober Catholic but focusing on the specific subjects of Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell (the four “last things” we are all going to face one day), rather than general recovery …

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St. Maximilian Kolbe: martyr, patron of addicts, died 75 years ago today

NOTE: This is an edited version of a post previously published to “Paul Sofranko’s Blog” St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe was executed in the Nazi German concentration camp at Auschwitz seventy-five years ago today for being a Catholic priest. He was a Conventual Franciscan friar and Guardian (leader, administrator) of Niepokalanow, then the world’s largest friary …

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“The Daily Pledge” online recovery community

For those of you who participate in online recovery, either to supplement your face-to-face meetings or to replace them, just a “heads up” that Hazelden’s Social Community will be shutting down near the end of the month. It is being replaced by a new online recovery community called “The Daily Pledge.” I have already changed …

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Camino de Santiago playlist on the SoberCatholic YouTube Channel

Last week I posted about The Way – the Movie starring Martin Sheen. I admit to have gotten hooked on the film (although I haven’t watched it since the posting, despite having other plans.) One reason is that I got obsessed with finding and watching Camino videos on You Tube. I spent pretty much all …

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The “Sober Catholic Trudge Report” will no longer be out

Several years ago when I was using Twitter more actively, I enrolled in a service called “paper.li.” It is an automated service that culls content from your Twitter feed, per your individual customizations. You can select which Twitter follower lists you have for it to cull, and other ways of determining content (I think). I …

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The person who brings a sinner back

What do you do to bring people back from sinful ways? An excerpt from the Reading from the Evening Prayer for Friday of the Second Week of Lent is James 5: 19-20 – “Remember this: the person who brings a sinner back from his way will save his soul from death and cancel a multitude …

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Sober Catholic’s Facebook Page… (and a reminder about my books!)

Facebook seems to have done something with their Search algorithms or otherwise how they distribute Pages as for the past week or so I’ve noticed a huge increase in the number of “Likes” for Sober Catholic on Facebook. “Huge” is of course relative. Anyway, I would like to extend a friendly welcome to all the …

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Catholic, Alcoholic, Addict

I went and did it again. I created another online community for Catholics who are alcoholics and addicts. I know, I know, you’re asking me, “Why, Paulcoholic, have you done this thing which has proved so fruitless in the past? Don’t you remember your past attempts, all doomed by various financial, technical, and human follies? …

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Awestruck’s “Life on the Rock” appearance!

I watched on You Tube an episode of EWTN’s show, “Life on the Rock,” which featured the guys behind a new and growing Catholic Social Network, “Awestruck.” A little bit about Awestruck (from the network’s “About” page): “The main-stream media is not in the business of promoting the Church nor the message of the Gospel. …

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But I’m not drinking over it (UPDATED)

I live in western New York State, in the USA, and this past week we’ve been suffering through a near-Apocalyptic snowstorm. Depending upon the location, various areas have received at least three to seven feet of snow (that’s one to over two meters). All over the area, people are coming together to offer assistance; neighbors …

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