Tag Archives: CS Lewis

March 20

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Sober Thought of the Day
“Not everyone who drinks is a poet. Some of us drink because we’re not poets.”  Dudley Moore

If I remember to put God first, then everything else falls into place. Some say to put “sobriety” first. But, I find that if I put God first then naturally sobriety is aligned with God.  Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm DN 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56

R. (52b) Glory and praise for ever!

“Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever;
And blessed is your holy and glorious name,
praiseworthy and exalted above all for all ages.”
R. Glory and praise for ever!

“Blessed are you in the temple of your holy glory,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.
R. Glory and praise for ever!

“Blessed are you on the throne of your kingdom,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.”
R. Glory and praise for ever.

“Blessed are you who look into the depths
from your throne upon the cherubim;
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.”
R. Glory and praise for ever!

“Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven,
praiseworthy and glorious forever.”
R. Glory and praise for ever!

Today’s Faith
“Do not waste time bothering whether you “love” your neighbor; act as if you did.As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone you will presently come to love him.” CS Lewis

 

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March 19

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Sober Thought of the Day
“She was the third beer. Not the first one, which the throat receives with almost tearful gratitude; nor the second, that confirms and extends the pleasure of the first. But the third, the one you drink because it’s there, because it can’t hurt, and because what difference does it make?”  Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon

This Psalm reminds me of the Magnificat. “The promises of the Lord I will sing forever; through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness.”  Mary’s love and obedience to God pierces my soul in a way that makes me want to imitate her.  An impossible endeavor but definitely worth striving for. Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 AND 29

R. (37) The son of David will live for ever.

The promises of the LORD I will sing forever;
through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness,
For you have said, “My kindness is established forever”;
in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.
R. The son of David will live for ever.

“I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
I have sworn to David my servant:
Forever will I confirm your posterity
and establish your throne for all generations.”
R. The son of David will live for ever.

“He shall say of me, ‘You are my father,
my God, the Rock, my savior.’
Forever I will maintain my kindness toward him,
and my covenant with him stands firm.”
R. The son of David will live for ever.

Today’s Faith
“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”CS Lewis

March 18

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Sober Thought of the Day
“For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity or perception to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication.”  Friedrich Nietzsche

With all due respect to Mr Nietzsche, I disagree. Fearing sobriety would take away creativity must be an idea an alcoholic came up with in order to justify her continued drinking. I believed it though. I thought if I stopped drinking I would lose my creativity, be unable to pen an interesting sentence. In fact, much creativity is lost in the world because of alcoholism and drug abuse.  Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6

R. (4ab) Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
Beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
R. Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side.

He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
With your rod and your staff
that give me courage.
R. Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side.

You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
R. Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side.

Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.
R. Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side.

Today’s Faith
“Have you not seen that in our days
Of any whose story, song or art
Delights us, our sincerest praise
Means, when all’s said, ‘You break my heart?”CS Lewis

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 14

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Sober Thought for the Day
Recovery is about connection, and we experience this connection through relationships of various kinds. We practice our spirituality through relationships. We practice living our program through our relationships. We cut off relationships with people who are not safe or who were our drinking buddies. We change people, places and things. We form new relationships. page 201, A Woman’s Guide to Recovery

When I first got sober, it was tough because my spouse was my drinking buddy. I had to learn how to live and relate with him on an entirely new playing field. This was tough, but not impossible. There were feelings of jealousy and self-pity when he would have a drink and I “couldn’t.”  I couldn’t end my relationship with my spouse, so I ended my attachment to the drinking side of our relationship.  Once I detached from the idea of drinking with my spouse, I was able to live independently of him and his drinking habits. Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 And 6

R. (40:5a) Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

Blessed the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

He is like a tree
planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

Not so the wicked, not so;
they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked vanishes.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

Today’s Saint
“I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.” CS Lewis

“Are we not perhaps all afraid in some way? If we let Christ enter fully into our lives, if we open ourselves totally to him, are we not afraid that He might take something away from us? Are we not perhaps afraid to give up something significant, something unique, something that makes life so beautiful? Do we not then risk ending up diminished and deprived of our freedom? . . . No! If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great. No! Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide. Only in this friendship is the great potential of human existence truly revealed. Only in this friendship do we experience beauty and liberation.” Pope Benedict XVI