One Day at a Time

Jesus himself gives us this rule of life.  In the middle of the Sermon on the Mount (the sermon that tells us how we are to live our lives as one of his disciples) this is what he tells us:

Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil (Mt. 6:34).

Sounds to me a lot like an instruction to live life “one day at a time.” I’ve always been a fan of day-by-day books. You know, the ones that help the reader pray and meditate in small bites, one day at a time.  I’m also devoted to Lectio Divina, which is a Catholic form of praying through and with the Scriptures.

I was told a long time ago, by my faithful and inspiring Protestant brother-in-law Jon, “When reading the Bible for the first time, start with the Psalms.”  He said the Psalms are the perfect starting point for a beginner Bible reader. They’re easy to understand and they highlight man’s crying out to God in petition, thanksgiving and praise.

Even though I’m not a beginning Bible-reader, I do think that the Psalms are great for recovery. Whether we have one day or 25 years sober, the Psalms have it all: joy, angst, fear, despair, gratitude….

So, beginning in 2013, I’ll pray one day at a time through the Psalms as presented in the daily Mass, taken from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


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  2. I too am a CAtholic who lived with an alcoholic and divorced him after 26 years. my recovery came about in al-Anon and I had no trouble equating 12 steps with Catholic thinking. It made my faith much stronger as my priest was my sponsor, the one who did my 4th step etc. I have written my story which includes both 12 Step Recovery and my priest’s founding of Wakonda Prayer House in Iowa. I am a product of two wonderful avenues of serenity. Do you know anyone who would like to read my manuscript called Rainbows of Joy? I desparately need a Catholic 12-Step opinion before it goes to a publisher. God Bless you in your sobriety. Yes, the Church embodies all we need to stay in recovery, but I still needed the 12 Steps to get on the right path.

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