February 18

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Sober Thought for the Day
“When ready, we say something like this: “My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.” We have then completed Step Seven.” AA Big Book, page 76, paragraph 2

Willingness is key for me. How willing am I to do what needs to be done in order to change? When I first got sober, I was at the bottom. I needed a total transformation. I needed to change many things if I was going to live life in a whole new (sober) way. Now, each day, I can think of something I can change in myself. Something little. Like, how am I going to greet my spouse when he arrives home from work today? Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 19:8, 9, 10, 15

R. (John 6:63b) Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
giving wisdom to the simple.
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

The precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart.
The command of the LORD is clear,
enlightening the eye.
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

The fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever;
The ordinances of the LORD are true,
all of them just.
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

Let the words of my mouth and the thought of my heart
find favor before you,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

Today’s Saint
Pride is an admission of weakness; it secretly fears all competition and dreads all rivals. Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Optimism and pessimism are mere matters of optics, of how you look at things, and that can change from day to day, or with a new prescription for your glasses — or with a new set of ideological filters. George Weigel, Letters to a Young Catholic

 

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