February 22

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Sober Thought of the Day
In all times of emotional disturbance or indecision, we can pause, ask for quiet, and in the stillness simply say: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. Thy will, not mine, be done.” 12&12, page 41

The Serenity Prayer is a helpful tool in recovery. Repeating it over and over in my head helps quiet the noise in there.  Pondering each simple line of the prayer can put circumstances into context. What or whom am I trying to change who cannot be changed by my efforts?  How much time have I wasted worrying about what others should think or what others should do.  Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 23:1-3A, 4, 5, 6

R. (1) The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
Beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
With your rod and your staff
that give me courage.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

Today’s Saint
The principal act of courage is to endure and withstand dangers doggedly rather than to attack them. St. Thomas Aquinas

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