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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

 

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February 18

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Sober Thought for the Day
“When ready, we say something like this: “My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.” We have then completed Step Seven.” AA Big Book, page 76, paragraph 2

Willingness is key for me. How willing am I to do what needs to be done in order to change? When I first got sober, I was at the bottom. I needed a total transformation. I needed to change many things if I was going to live life in a whole new (sober) way. Now, each day, I can think of something I can change in myself. Something little. Like, how am I going to greet my spouse when he arrives home from work today? Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 19:8, 9, 10, 15

R. (John 6:63b) Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
giving wisdom to the simple.
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

The precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart.
The command of the LORD is clear,
enlightening the eye.
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

The fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever;
The ordinances of the LORD are true,
all of them just.
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

Let the words of my mouth and the thought of my heart
find favor before you,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

Today’s Saint
Pride is an admission of weakness; it secretly fears all competition and dreads all rivals. Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Optimism and pessimism are mere matters of optics, of how you look at things, and that can change from day to day, or with a new prescription for your glasses — or with a new set of ideological filters. George Weigel, Letters to a Young Catholic

 

February 17

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Sober Thought of the Day
We realized,  “(a) That we were alcoholic and could not manage our own lives. (b) That probably no human power could have relieved our alcoholism. (c) That God could and would if He were sought. Being convinced, we were at Step Three, which is that we decided to turn our will and our life over to God as we understood Him.” AA Big Book, Page 60, paragraph 4

Admitting I have a problem with alcohol was not difficult. The evidence was everywhere. The point then was to ask myself, “What am I going to do about this?” Do I accept this truth about myself and keep living that way?  Or, do I accept this truth about myself and decide to change?  Which choice will I make? Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 91:1-2, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15

R. (cf. 15b) Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble.

You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
say to the LORD, “My refuge and fortress,
my God in whom I trust.”
R. Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble.

No evil shall befall you,
nor shall affliction come near your tent,
For to his angels he has given command about you,
that they guard you in all your ways.
R. Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble.

Upon their hands they shall bear you up,
lest you dash your foot against a stone.
You shall tread upon the asp and the viper;
you shall trample down the lion and the dragon.
R. Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble.

Because he clings to me, I will deliver him;
I will set him on high because he acknowledges my name.
He shall call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in distress;
I will deliver him and glorify him.
R. Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble.

Today’s Saint
“If we pray, we will believe; If we believe, we will love; If we love, we will serve.” Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

 

February 16

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Sober Thought for the Day
“The great fact is this, and nothing less: That we have had deep and effective spiritual experiences* which have revolutionized our whole attitude toward life, toward our fellows and toward God’s universe. The central fact of our lives today is the absolute certainty that our Creator has entered into our hearts and lives in a way that is indeed miraculous. He has commenced to accomplish those things for us that we could never do by ourselves.” AA Big Book, page 25, paragraph 3

Sometimes I wonder if when I hit my “bottom” with alcohol abuse, was this my spiritual experience?  Hitting my bottom, almost losing my children over my drinking, was that a spiritual experience?  I think “hitting bottom” is simply surrendering in prayer, “Dear God, I’m finished. This is as far as I am willing to go in this direction. Please pull me back up to You.” Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6

R. (11ab) Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth.

Incline your ear, O LORD; answer me,
for I am afflicted and poor.
Keep my life, for I am devoted to you;
save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God.
R. Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth.

Have mercy on me, O Lord,
for to you I call all the day.
Gladden the soul of your servant,
for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
R. Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth.

For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
abounding in kindness to all who call upon you.
Hearken, O LORD, to my prayer
and attend to the sound of my pleading.
R. Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth.

Today’s Saint
To receive Jesus in Holy Communion is to enter into a lifelong friendship with him. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta