Tag Archives: 12&12

February 20

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Sober Thought for the Day
“The attainment of greater humility is the foundation principle of each of AA’s Twelve Steps, for without some degree of humility, no alcoholic can stay sober at all. ”Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 70

I don’t learn humility in my head, through knowledge and study, or through reading about it.  Humility is fostered in my heart. An alcoholic living a sober life, and all that entails, is living a life of humility because in order to stay away from the drink, I have to remember who I am–an alcoholic. I have a flaw, a defect. I’m not perfect. That I cannot drink like other people is something I need to remind myself of each morning. Piling up days in sobriety can very easily lead me to complacency where I forget how alcohol affected me so many days, weeks, months or years ago. Daily I pray, Dear God, thank you for keeping me sober yesterday. Please keep me sober today. Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19

R. 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.

A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not out from your presence,
and your Holy Spirit take not from me.
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 Saint

There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heartSaint Augustine

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February 19

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Sober Thought for the Day
Joy at the release of a lifetime of frustration knew no bounds. AA Big Book, The Family Afterwards

The joy of living is the theme for AA’s 12th Step and Action is its keyword. 12&12, page 106

If I’m living my life one day at a time, doing the next right thing, treating others in my path with respect with gratitude to God for this gift of sobriety, then each day will be overflowing with Joy, no matter what the circumstances of my life at the time may be. Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19

R. (18b) From all their distress God rescues the just.

Glorify the LORD with me,
let us together extol his name.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
R. From all their distress God rescues the just.

Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
and from all his distress he saved him.
R. From all their distress God rescues the just.

The LORD has eyes for the just,
and ears for their cry.
The LORD confronts the evildoers,
to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
R. From all their distress God rescues the just.

When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,
and from all their distress he rescues them.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
R. From all their distress God rescues the just.

Today’s Saint
God made us for joy. God is joy, and the joy of living reflects the original joy that God felt in creating us. – Pope John Paul II

 

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).