February 14


Sober Thought for the Day
Recovery is about connection, and we experience this connection through relationships of various kinds. We practice our spirituality through relationships. We practice living our program through our relationships. We cut off relationships with people who are not safe or who were our drinking buddies. We change people, places and things. We form new relationships. page 201, A Woman’s Guide to Recovery

When I first got sober, it was tough because my spouse was my drinking buddy. I had to learn how to live and relate with him on an entirely new playing field. This was tough, but not impossible. There were feelings of jealousy and self-pity when he would have a drink and I “couldn’t.”  I couldn’t end my relationship with my spouse, so I ended my attachment to the drinking side of our relationship.  Once I detached from the idea of drinking with my spouse, I was able to live independently of him and his drinking habits. Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 And 6

R. (40:5a) Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

Blessed the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

He is like a tree
planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

Not so the wicked, not so;
they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked vanishes.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

Today’s Saint
“I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.” CS Lewis

“Are we not perhaps all afraid in some way? If we let Christ enter fully into our lives, if we open ourselves totally to him, are we not afraid that He might take something away from us? Are we not perhaps afraid to give up something significant, something unique, something that makes life so beautiful? Do we not then risk ending up diminished and deprived of our freedom? . . . No! If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great. No! Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide. Only in this friendship is the great potential of human existence truly revealed. Only in this friendship do we experience beauty and liberation.” Pope Benedict XVI



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