God Dwells Within Us

As we get further into our recovery journey, we find that prayer is at the heart of what helps get us sober and an essential element of keeping us in recovery. Our first admission of a problem may have been a prayerful, crying out to what seemed to be only ourselves. In moments like those,…

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Weekly Reflection: Shining Light on the Truth

True relationship with God is rooted in honesty. Honesty with ourselves, with others, and with God. We may recognize that we are engaging in the behavior of our addiction, but are we honest with the consequences of our actions and the division it is creating in our lives? We can approach honesty in different stages…

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Transformed and Unified: On the Eucharist and Recovery

The Twelve Steps of recovery and the sacraments of the Catholic Church work in a very similar way. While some of the steps and each of the sacraments have great ritual and reverence around them regarding initiation, each are to be continually practiced. Finding a source to continue practicing these principles in all of our…

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Bishop Barron on Bread in the Desert and Addiction Recovery

This Sunday the Church celebrates the Feast of Corpus Christi (the Body and Blood of Christ). All three readings this weekend move toward finding nourishment, perseverance, and true freedom after having to journey through a spiritual desert. The Egyptians traveled out of slavery but yearned for the comforts of old, even if they knew they…

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God, the Trinity, and Recovery

Last week we celebrated Pentecost and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that takes place 50 days after Christ’s resurrection. The Holy Spirit, along with God the Father and Jesus Christ, His son, complete what we call the Trinity, which is who we proclaim God to be. This can be theologically difficult, but does not…

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Moving Towards Baptism and Welcoming the Newcomer

The following is a short excerpt from Scott’s upcoming book, The Twelve Steps and the Sacraments: A Catholic Journey through Recovery: One of the most beautiful moments of the Catholic Church’s liturgical year takes place during the Easter Vigil when new members of the Church are baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy…

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He Washed My Feet

  “You and I are going on a journey together, and neither one of us is coming back,” Michael said as I gazed back at him, utterly confused yet somewhat understanding at the same time. Then he started to wash my feet. I was bearing witness to the practice set forth by Jesus Christ when…

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How’s Your Lent Going?

We are about a week into the time of year that can be considered a “spring training” for Catholics. Lent is an opportunity for us to imitate Christ by renewing our spiritual discipline prior to the glorious resurrection of our Lord on Easter. The ashes that launch this journey remind us of our own sinfulness…

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Addiction Dehumanizes

We are in the grips of spiritual warfare. While God is our source of life and salvation, the enemy uses some of our God-given desires to pull us away from His sunlight. One of the paramount tools that is used in this fight against good is addiction. Often starting as a brief source of relief…

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Spiritual Wisdom from a Jedi Master

A few weeks ago my wife and I went to see the hit movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The film was a joy to watch, and had us interested in revisiting some of the older Star Wars movies, starting with episodes four through six. I should note, I am far from a Star…

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