February 15

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Sober Thought for the Day
As stated in Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, “Nearly every serious emotional problem can be seen as a case of misdirected instinct. When that happens, our great natural assets, the instincts, have turned into physical and mental liabilities.”

Through years of alcohol abuse, my God-given instincts have taken me astray. No longer was I able to differentiate between what was a right or wrong inclination to things. My instincts told me I needed one more drink. Once I got sober, my instincts were still out of whack hoping to drag me back to the drink. But, as each day passes, I have more clarity of mind. I have a choice today. Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 51:3-4, 5-6AB, 18-19

R. (19b) A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.

Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.
R. A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.

For I acknowledge my offense,
and my sin is before me always:
“Against you only have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight.”
R. A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.

For you are not pleased with sacrifices;
should I offer a burnt offering, you would not accept it.
My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit;
a heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
R. A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.

Today’s Faith
From Rev. R. J. Meyers, S.J.: “We ought to cultivate Catholic instincts…the mind trained by Catholic habits of thought tending, by a sort of intuition, towards the light of faith. ‘So alert is the instinctive power of an educated conscience,’

Cardinal Newman says, ‘that by some secret faculty and without any intelligible reasoning process, it seems to detect moral truth wherever it lies hid and feels a conviction of its own accuracy which bystanders cannot account for; and this especially is the case of revealed religion, which is one comprehensive moral fact,’ according to the scriptural text: ‘I know mine and mine know Me.’ Catholic instincts are the result of a thoroughly Catholic life and they are often found in the simple faithful quite as much as in the highly educated,” (Science of the Saints, Vol. 2).

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