February 7

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Sober Thought of the Day
As I thus get down to my right size and stature, my self-concern and importance becomes amusing.  June 1961 As Bill Sees It, p. 106

Humility is a guiding force for me in recovery. I need to keep close to humility and quickly pull myself back if I catch myself getting too grandiose. Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm Ps 48:2-3ab, 3cd-4, 9, 10-11

R. (see 10) O God, we ponder your mercy within your temple.

Great is the LORD and wholly to be praised
in the city of our God.
His holy mountain, fairest of heights,
is the joy of all the earth.
R. O God, we ponder your mercy within your temple.

Mount Zion, “the recesses of the North,”
the city of the great King.
God is with her castles;
renowned is he as a stronghold.
R. O God, we ponder your mercy within your temple.

As we had heard, so have we seen
in the city of the LORD of hosts,
In the city of our God;
God makes it firm forever.
R. O God, we ponder your mercy within your temple.

O God, we ponder your mercy
within your temple.
As your name, O God, so also your praise
reaches to the ends of the earth.
Of justice your right hand is full.
R. O God, we ponder your mercy within your temple.

Today’s Saint
Pope Benedict XVI
 said on Ash Wednesday in one of his last public appearances, “Above all, the Church proposes to us once again, the strong appeal that the prophet Joel addresses to the Israelites: Thus says the Lord: “return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, weeping, and mourning”. Note the expression “with your whole heart”, which means from the centre of our thoughts and feelings, from the roots of our decisions, choices, and actions, with a gesture of total and radical freedom.

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