February 23

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Sober Thought of the Day
Lapsing or relapsing is a process that begins a long time before the actual event. Because lapses and relapses don’t “just happen,” it is possible to identify the signs of impending trouble and head it off. If you learn how to spot the warning signs and make plans to act once you see them, you can stay on the road to recovery. Healing the Addicted Brain, Ch. 9

Sometimes a slip, or a relapse, can be headed off by utilizing a few of the tools available to us in recovery. Going to a meeting. Reading sobriety materials. Networking with sober people online. Talking with our sponsors. Praying. When we feel uncomfortable with things and we think a drink might be the solution, we can “play the tape” to remind us what the rest of the night will look like if we take that first drink. Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8

R. (1b) Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!

Blessed are they whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the LORD.
Blessed are they who observe his decrees,
who seek him with all their heart.
R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!

You have commanded that your precepts
be diligently kept.
Oh, that I might be firm in the ways
of keeping your statutes!
R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!

I will give you thanks with an upright heart,
when I have learned your just ordinances.
I will keep your statutes;
do not utterly forsake me.
R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!

Today’s Saint 
Hope is practiced through the virtue of patience, which continues to do good even in the face of apparent failure, and through the virtue of humility, which accepts God’s mystery and trusts him even at times of darkness. Faith tells us that God has given his Son for our sakes and gives us the victorious certainty that it is really true: God is love! It thus transforms our impatience and our doubts into the sure hope that God holds the world in his hands and that, as the dramatic imagery of the end of the Book of Revelation points out, in spite of all darkness he ultimately triumphs in glory. Pope Benedict XVI, God Is Love

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