Monthly Archives: March 2013

March 31

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Sober Thought of the Day
“The only cure for a real hangover is death.”  ― Robert Benchley

I remember sometimes in the throws of an awful hangover—usually if I had wine instead of beer the night before–and wishing I could die because it was so awful. Wine hangovers went into my sinuses, it seemed! Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23

R. (24) This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever.
Let the house of Israel say,
“His mercy endures forever.”
R. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.

“The right hand of the LORD has struck with power;
the right hand of the LORD is exalted.
I shall not die, but live,
and declare the works of the LORD.”
R. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.

The stone which the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
By the LORD has this been done;
it is wonderful in our eyes.
R. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.

Today’s Saint
“Let Souls who are striving for perfection particularly adore My mercy, because the abundance of graces which I grant them flows from My mercy.”  Saint Faustina

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March 30

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Sober Thought of the Day
“The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind.” —Humphrey Bogart

The world is a weird place, filled with all kinds of individuals, families, cultures, nations…There are so many opinions and controversies.  The Psalm today is what I pray for: “Lord send out your holy spirit and renew the face of the earth.”  Number 9

Pslam of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 13-14, 24, 35

R. (30) Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

Bless the LORD, O my soul!
O LORD, my God, you are great indeed!
You are clothed with majesty and glory,
robed in light as with a cloak.
R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

You fixed the earth upon its foundation,
not to be moved forever;
with the ocean, as with a garment, you covered it;
above the mountains the waters stood.
R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

You send forth springs into the watercourses
that wind among the mountains.
Beside them the birds of heaven dwell;
from among the branches they send forth their song.
R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

You water the mountains from your palace;
the earth is replete with the fruit of your works.
You raise grass for the cattle,
and vegetation for man’s use,
Producing bread from the earth.
R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

How manifold are your works, O LORD!
In wisdom you have wrought them all—the earth is full of your creatures.
Bless the LORD, O my soul! Alleluia.
R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

Today’s Saint
“Prayer is the best weapon we have; it is the key to God’s heart. You must speak to Jesus not only with your lips, but with your heart. In fact on certain occasions you should only speak to Him with your heart.” Saint Padre Pio

March 29

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Sober Thought of the Day
“It’s a great advantage not to drink among hard-drinking people.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

This Psalm has two meanings for me. First, I think of myself, like “a dish that is broken” or a “laughingstock to my neighbors and a dread to my friends.”  It is easy for me to accept and to relate to this, reach out to God for help, putting my life in God’s hands.  But secondly, I think of Jesus. And this is tough. To think of Jesus as having felt this way, mocked, spit on, at the clutches of his persecutors–this troubles me greatly, the injustice of it all. Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25

R. (Lk 23:46) Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

In you, O LORD, I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
In your justice rescue me.
Into your hands I commend my spirit;
you will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God.
R. Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

For all my foes I am an object of reproach,
a laughingstock to my neighbors, and a dread to my friends;
they who see me abroad flee from me.
I am forgotten like the unremembered dead;
I am like a dish that is broken.
R. Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

But my trust is in you, O LORD;
I say, “You are my God.
In your hands is my destiny; rescue me
from the clutches of my enemies and my persecutors.”
R. Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

Let your face shine upon your servant;
save me in your kindness.
Take courage and be stouthearted,
all you who hope in the LORD.
R. Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

Today’s Saint
“Everything comes from love, all is ordained for the salvation of man, God does nothing without this goal in mind.” Saint Catherine of Siena

 

March 28

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Sober Thought of the Day
Night life is when you get up with a hangover in the morning. Night life is when everybody says what the hell and you do not remember who paid the bill. Night life goes round and round and you look at the wall to make it stop. Night life comes out of a bottle and goes into a jar. If you think how much are the drinks it is not night life.” ― Ernest Hemingway, 88 Poems

When I was in high school I went on a trip to Europe with my Spanish class. I went to the bar in which Hemingway used to sit and write and I remember thinking how cool was that–it sounded wonderful to me, to drink and write, drink and write.  Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 89:21-22, 25 AND 27

R. (2) For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

“I have found David, my servant;
with my holy oil I have anointed him.
That my hand may always be with him;
and that my arm may make him strong.”
R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

“My faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him;
and through my name shall his horn be exalted.
He shall say of me, ‘You are my father,
my God, the Rock, my savior!’“
R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

Today’s Saint
“The soul is like an uninhabited world that comes to life only when God lays His head against us.”  ― St. Thomas Aquinas

March 27

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Sober Thought of the Day
“Ale, man, Ale’s the stuff to drink, for fellows whom it hurts to think.”  A.E. Housman, A Shropshire Lad

I just can’t get over how perfect the Psalms are for alcoholics, in recovery or not—look at this line: “I have become an outcast to my brothers.”  How many of us have felt that way? Well, Jesus felt that way, too. Number 9

Responsorial Psalm PS 69:8-10, 21-22, 31 AND 33-34

R. (14c) Lord, in your great love, answer me.

For your sake I bear insult,
and shame covers my face.
I have become an outcast to my brothers,
a stranger to my mother’s sons,
because zeal for your house consumes me,
and the insults of those who blaspheme you fall upon me.
R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.

Insult has broken my heart, and I am weak,
I looked for sympathy, but there was none;
for consolers, not one could I find.
Rather they put gall in my food,
and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.

I will praise the name of God in song,
and I will glorify him with thanksgiving:
“See, you lowly ones, and be glad;
you who seek God, may your hearts revive!
For the LORD hears the poor,
and his own who are in bonds he spurns not.”
R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.

Today’s Saint
“For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.” Thérèse de Lisieux

 

March 26

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Sober Thought of the Day
“A drink centers me but I usually make myself wait until at least 9:00 AM for that. Or 8:00 AM. Whichever comes first.” Bill Callahan, Letters to Emma Bowlcut

In today’s Psalm, we can see God as our refuge, our rock, asking him to save us, not let us ever be put to shame, to listen to us. How many times when we were trying to stop drinking did we cry out to God in this way; but He didn’t seem to listen. How many of us, looking back now, are able to see the hand of God in every single one of these situations, just waiting for us to surrender to Him? Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 71:1-2, 3-4A, 5AB-6AB, 15 AND 17

R. (see 15ab) I will sing of your salvation.

In you, O LORD, I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
In your justice rescue me, and deliver me;
incline your ear to me, and save me.
R. I will sing of your salvation.

Be my rock of refuge,
a stronghold to give me safety,
for you are my rock and my fortress.
O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked.
R. I will sing of your salvation.

For you are my hope, O Lord;
my trust, O God, from my youth.
On you I depend from birth;
from my mother’s womb you are my strength.
R. I will sing of your salvation.

My mouth shall declare your justice,
day by day your salvation.
O God, you have taught me from my youth,
and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds.
R. I will sing of your salvation.

 

Today’s Saint
“Pray, hope, and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.” Saint Padre Pio

 

March 25

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Sober Thought of the Day
“In Irena’s head the alcohol plays a double role: it frees her fantasy, encourages her boldness, makes her sensual, and at the same time it dims her memory. She makes love wildly, lasciviously, and at the same time the curtain of oblivion wraps her lewdness in an all-concealing darkness. As if a poet were writing his greatest poem with ink that instantly disappears.”  Milan Kundera, Ignorance

In this quote by Milan Kundera, I get it. Poor Irena. A poet writing her greatest work and then deleting it. Alcohol is such an insidious Master. Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 27:1, 2, 3, 13-14

R. (1a) The Lord is my light and my salvation.
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom should I fear?
The LORD is my life’s refuge;
of whom should I be afraid?
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.

When evildoers come at me
to devour my flesh,
My foes and my enemies
themselves stumble and fall.
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.

Though an army encamp against me,
my heart will not fear;
Though war be waged upon me,
even then will I trust.
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.

I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD
in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD with courage;
be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.

Today’s Saint
“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.” Saint Augustine

March 24

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Sober Thought of the Day
“Passivity is corrosive to the soul; it feeds on feelings of integrity and pride, and it can be as tempting as a drug.”  ― Caroline Knapp, Drinking: A Love Story

Wow-this is the part of the Psalms Jesus was reciting when he was dying on the cross. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? He shows us it is natural to feel this way and when we do the thing we are to do is cry out to God for help. I did that. I used to yell at God, tell him “free will was a stupid idea,” because I wanted to stop drinking but couldn’t do it.  Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24

R. (2a) My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

All who see me scoff at me;
they mock me with parted lips, they wag their heads:
“He relied on the LORD; let him deliver him,
let him rescue him, if he loves him.”
R. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

Indeed, many dogs surround me,
a pack of evildoers closes in upon me;
They have pierced my hands and my feet;
I can count all my bones.
R. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

They divide my garments among them,
and for my vesture they cast lots.
But you, O LORD, be not far from me;
O my help, hasten to aid me.
R. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

I will proclaim your name to my brethren;
in the midst of the assembly I will praise you:
“You who fear the LORD, praise him;
all you descendants of Jacob, give glory to him;
revere him, all you descendants of Israel!”
R. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

Today’s Saint
“He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”  Saint Francis of Assisi

 

 

March 23

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Sober Thought of the Day
To alcohol!  The cause of, and the solution, to all of life’s problems.  Homer Simpson, The Simpsons

Homer Simpson was right–alcohol caused my problems and alcohol seemed, for a time, to solve my problems–or at least make them more palatable.  Number 9

Psalm of the Day

Responsorial Psalm JER 31:10, 11-12ABCD, 13

R. (see 10d) The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock.

Hear the word of the LORD, O nations,
proclaim it on distant isles, and say:
He who scattered Israel, now gathers them together,
he guards them as a shepherd his flock.
R. The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock.

The LORD shall ransom Jacob,
he shall redeem him from the hand of his conqueror.
Shouting, they shall mount the heights of Zion,
they shall come streaming to the LORD’s blessings:
The grain, the wine, and the oil,
the sheep and the oxen.
R. The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock.

Then the virgins shall make merry and dance,
and young men and old as well.
I will turn their mourning into joy,
I will console and gladden them after their sorrows.
R. The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock.

Today’s Saint
“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.”
-St. Francis of Assisi

March 22

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Sober Thought of the Day
“The way a man drinks in company tells you nothing about him, but the way he drinks when alone reveals, without his realizing it, the very depths of his soul.”  Irène Némirovsky, Fire in the Blood

Absolutely. It got to the point I just didn’t go to the parties at the Country Club anymore because I wasn’t sure how much I would drink and didn’t want to ruin my reputation (ha! what reputation?). Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 18:2-3A, 3BC-4, 5-6, 7

R. (see 7) In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.

I love you, O LORD, my strength,
O LORD, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.
R. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.

My God, my rock of refuge,
my shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold!
Praised be the LORD, I exclaim,
and I am safe from my enemies.
R. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.

The breakers of death surged round about me,
the destroying floods overwhelmed me;
The cords of the nether world enmeshed me,
the snares of death overtook me.
R. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.

In my distress I called upon the LORD
and cried out to my God;
From his temple he heard my voice,
and my cry to him reached his ears.
R. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.

Today’s Saint
“We never give more honor to Jesus than when we honor his Mother, and we honor her simply and solely to honor him all the more perfectly. We go to her only as a way leading to the goal we seek – Jesus, her Son.” –Saint Louis Marie de Montfort