Come to Believe

In today’s Gospel Reading for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, Martha says: “I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.” via USCCB. The Second Step of recovery holds that we “Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves can restore …

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Go as the Lord directs you

An excerpt from the First Reading of today’s Mass for the Second Sunday of Lent is from Genesis 12:4: “Abram went as the LORD directed him” via USCCB. Abram, later renamed Abraham, goes forth with the promise that he will be made the father of great nations with innumerable descendants. While that may be appealing …

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Whatever you did for the least…

The Gospel Reading for the Mass for this past Monday of the First Week of Lent lays it out quite clearly as what one must do in order to be saved. The passage is at the end of this post as it’s rather long, but it is one that all Christians should know. It is …

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Online Recovery (UPDATED)

Although many people live for their traditional face-to-face meetings, others prefer the relative privacy and convenience of “at home” recovery through online sites Here’s a rundown of two of these sites that I’ve joined, with links to my profiles so that if you’d like to join up, you can “Friend me” there. “In the Rooms” …

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A Walk with the Novena of Mary Undoer of Knots, Day 1

Last week I introduced you all to The Novena of Mary Undoer of Knots. (Well, some of you, a few have known of it 😉 ) I said this Novena just once, at the end of this past December (I did not post daily prayers). The “knots” I won’t bother bringing up, but as I …

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The Twelve Steps and Compatibility with Sacramental Confession

During my interview on the “‘On Call’ with Wendy Wiese” radio show on May 1st there was an Anonymous caller at the end who asked a question on the compatibility of the Twelve Steps with the Catholic Church’s sacramental Confession. As the call was near the end of the show, I didn’t fully engage the …

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The Catholic Church, 12 Step Movements and Resentments

There was a question and/or comment during my interview on the “‘On Call’ with Wendy Wiese” radio show regarding the Catholic Church and the validity or efficacy of 12 Step Movements. The basic contention of the caller (I think it was “Tom from Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 Treatment Centers”) was that I was dismissing …

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Online Video Conference Recovery Meetings

Over at the Matt Talbot Way of Recovery Yahoo email discussion Group, I had floated the idea of having online video conference recovery meetings. There seems to be some interest, and if any readers are also interested, kindly sign up as a member of the Matt Talbot Way of Recovery. Instructions on how to do …

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Recovering Catholics

One thing has repeatedly disturbed me in the over 10 years of sobriety that I have. That thing is the phrase “Recovering Catholic.” I encountered that phrase quite a lot yesterday and today when I revisited an online recovery community called In The Rooms. I joined a few years ago, never did much with it, …

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Religious solutions to alcoholism

Many 12 Steppers usually scoff at “religious” solutions to addiction, and perhaps rightly so due to the low success rate (forgetting that AA has a very low success rate, too.) Maybe they also think that religious observance is pointless and is also an “easier, softer, way.” HA! I think the main reason that religious solutions …

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