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March 29

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Sober Thought of the Day
“It’s a great advantage not to drink among hard-drinking people.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

This Psalm has two meanings for me. First, I think of myself, like “a dish that is broken” or a “laughingstock to my neighbors and a dread to my friends.”  It is easy for me to accept and to relate to this, reach out to God for help, putting my life in God’s hands.  But secondly, I think of Jesus. And this is tough. To think of Jesus as having felt this way, mocked, spit on, at the clutches of his persecutors–this troubles me greatly, the injustice of it all. Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25

R. (Lk 23:46) Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

In you, O LORD, I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
In your justice rescue me.
Into your hands I commend my spirit;
you will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God.
R. Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

For all my foes I am an object of reproach,
a laughingstock to my neighbors, and a dread to my friends;
they who see me abroad flee from me.
I am forgotten like the unremembered dead;
I am like a dish that is broken.
R. Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

But my trust is in you, O LORD;
I say, “You are my God.
In your hands is my destiny; rescue me
from the clutches of my enemies and my persecutors.”
R. Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

Let your face shine upon your servant;
save me in your kindness.
Take courage and be stouthearted,
all you who hope in the LORD.
R. Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

Today’s Saint
“Everything comes from love, all is ordained for the salvation of man, God does nothing without this goal in mind.” Saint Catherine of Siena

 

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

 

March 10

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Sober Thought of the Day
“Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”  Ernest Hemingway

This Psalm makes me think of gratitude. I’m grateful for this life of sobriety. The things I miss cannot compare to the things I’ve gained from trudging this road of happy destiny. As it says perfectly, “From his distress He saved him.”  Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7

R. (9a) Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

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. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

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. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Today’s Saint
“Whether, therefore, we receive what we ask for, or do not receive it, let us still continue steadfast in prayer. For to fail in obtaining the desires of our heart, when God so wills it, is not worse than to receive it; for we know not as He does, what is profitable to us.”
-St. John Chrysostom

March 9

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Sober Thought of the Day
“An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.”
― Ernest Hemingway

The quality or trait of mercy in God is astounding. It’s especially fantastic to an alcoholic who like me may have turned his back on God time after time chasing after pleasure at the expense of God’s offer of Joy. Mercy is one of my most favorite words. Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 51:3-4, 18-19, 20-21AB

R. (see Hosea 6:6) It is mercy I desire, and not sacrifice.

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. It is mercy I desire, and not sacrifice.

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. It is mercy I desire, and not sacrifice.

Be bountiful, O LORD, to Zion in your kindness
by rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem;
Then shall you be pleased with due sacrifices,
burnt offerings and holocausts.
R. It is mercy I desire, and not sacrifice.

Today’s Saint
“Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours, Yours are the eyes through which to look out Christ’s compassion to the world Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good; Yours are the hands with which he is to bless men now.” Teresa of Ávila

March 2

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Sober Thought of the Day
“Ho! Ho! Ho! To the bottle I go
To heal my heart and drown my woe
Rain may fall, and wind may blow
And many miles be still to go
But under a tall tree will I lie
And let the clouds go sailing by”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

The last stanza of this Psalm stands out to me where it talks about God putting our sin as far away from us as the east is to the west. There is a song I love called East to West by Casting Crown. When I was sober the first time and struggling, I remember this song was so meaningful because of the line, “Today I feel like I’m just one mistake away, from you leaving me again.. I can’t bear to find the man I’ve been come rising up in me again…”  Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12

R. (8a) The Lord is kind and merciful.

Bless the LORD, O my soul;
and all my being, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

He pardons all your iniquities,
he heals all your ills.
He redeems your life from destruction,
he crowns you with kindness and compassion.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

He will not always chide,
nor does he keep his wrath forever.
Not according to our sins does he deal with us,
nor does he requite us according to our crimes.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so surpassing is his kindness toward those who fear him.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far has he put our transgressions from us.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

Today’s Saint
“O unhappy and cruel man, why do you want to persuade me by foolish arguments to sin against God and my vow of virginity? Do you think, O lonely king, that a love of worldly pleasures will make me renounce my firm purpose and offend my Spouse, Jesus Christ, by defiling my body? Do not for a moment believe that because I am a helpless girl I shall give in to your evil suggestions. I despise the false glory of the world, and with all my heart I love Jesus Christ and trust in His promises. I want no part of the honor of being numbered among the goddesses of your kingdom. Do not try to force me with flattering words. I am determined to keep the treasure of my purity, and I am willing to protect it with my life.” Saint Dymphna

March 1

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Sober  Thought of the Day
“I have absolutely no pleasure in (alcohol) in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.”
Edgar Allan Poe

It’s true that in the end of my drinking days there was no pleasure in it. There was compulsion and repetition and daily drinking, but I could never drink enough to achieve the high drinking had given me in the beginning. Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21

R. (5a) Remember the marvels the Lord has done.

When the LORD called down a famine on the land
and ruined the crop that sustained them,
He sent a man before them,
Joseph, sold as a slave.
R. Remember the marvels the Lord has done.

They had weighed him down with fetters,
and he was bound with chains,
Till his prediction came to pass
and the word of the LORD proved him true.
R. Remember the marvels the Lord has done.

The king sent and released him,
the ruler of the peoples set him free.
He made him lord of his house
and ruler of all his possessions.
R. Remember the marvels the Lord has done.

Today’s Saint
“Liturgical action is given a more noble form when sacred rites are solemnized in song, with the assistance of sacred ministers and the active participation of the people.” Saint Cecilia, patron saint of musicians

February 28

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Sober Thought of the Day
“Sir, if you were my husband, I would poison your drink.”
“Madam, if you were my wife, I would drink it.”
Exchange between Lady Astor and Winston Churchill—”

This psalm always makes me think of the choices I made when I was younger on who my friends were. I chose friends who were fun.  Today, I choose my friends more wisely. 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

“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”
― St. Thomas Aquinas

 

February 26

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Sober Thought of the Day
Alcoholics tend to think big and go to extremes. This kind of thinking coupled with perfectionism dooms us to failure. Moderation should be your byword. The Recovery Book, by Anthony Radcliff, MD

In meetings when someone mentions the tendency we have towards grandiosity, I always chuckle inside thinking of all my elaborate plans I had for the future. Yes, that’s me. Grandiose ideas but no follow through. In non-alcoholics I believe this personality trait is called being a “dreamer.”  When I find myself forging grand plans in my head, I now remind myself to slow down, everything in moderation, start small, time takes time. Number 9 

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 50:8-9, 16BC-17, 21 AND 23

R. (23b) To the upright I will show the saving power of God

“Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you,
for your burnt offerings are before me always.
I take from your house no bullock,
no goats out of your fold.”
R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

“Why do you recite my statutes,
and profess my covenant with your mouth,
Though you hate discipline
and cast my words behind you?”
R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

“When you do these things, shall I be deaf to it?
Or do you think that I am like yourself?
I will correct you by drawing them up before your eyes.
He that offers praise as a sacrifice glorifies me;
and to him that goes the right way I will show the salvation of God.”
R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

Today’s Saint
“Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is “timing.” It waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.” Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

January 1

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Sober Thought for the Day

“We have learned that the satisfaction of instincts cannot be the sole aim of our lives.”
― Alcoholics Anonymous, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions

Most of us know we can’t live our lives guided by our base instincts. But with alcohol and the alcoholic, there seems to be a driving force which presents us from living as we know we should. Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8

R. (2a) May God bless us in his mercy.

May God have pity on us and bless us;
may he let his face shine upon us.
So may your way be known upon earth;
among all nations, your salvation.
R. May God bless us in his mercy.

May the nations be glad and exult
because you rule the peoples in equity;
the nations on the earth you guide.
R. May God bless us in his mercy.

May the peoples praise you, O God;
may all the peoples praise you!
May God bless us,
and may all the ends of the earth fear him!
R. May God bless us in his mercy.

Today’s Saint
Whether, therefore, we receive what we ask for, or do not receive it, let us still continue steadfast in prayer. For to fail in obtaining the desires of our heart, when God so wills it, is not worse than to receive it; for we know not as He does, what is profitable to us. St. John Chrysostom