Scripture Reflection

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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Easter Sunday—Divine Redemption

Years and years of suffering, loss, and the insane cycle of returning to the source of my pain to find refuge dominated my life. Throughout most that time, I didn’t even know it. Things were not going my way, and as I continued to lose more and more it started to make less and less…

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Holy Saturday—Waiting Patiently

We all have an idea about the toil and ultimate sacrifice that our Lord made for us on Good Friday, when darkness covers the earth. We await the risen Christ who appears to us on Easter Sunday, bringing forth the fulfillment of His promises to us. But what about that day in between, Holy Saturday?…

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Good Friday—Christ's Death on a Cross

As I touch the splintered wood of the cross today, Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion, I am overcome with a range of emotions. Saddened by the death of my friend, Jesus. Grateful for His willingness to sacrifice His life for my salvation. Furious at the ones who put Him through such excruciating pain. Accused…

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Holy Thursday—"Wash One Another's Feet"

We all know the scene: the Last Supper (you’re probably familiar with Da Vinci’s portrayal), where Jesus is joined by his disciples before ascending Calvary and all the sacrificial torment that is wrapped within that act. Holy Thursday celebrates the Lamb’s Supper, and today’s Gospel reading (John 13:1-15) once again reveals the love that Christ has…

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Wednesday of Holy Week—Learning From Judas

The act of betrayal does not happen on a whim. Just like faith, it is cultivated from small acts that build and turn into habits. In the Gospel  reading (Matthew 26:4-25) for this Wednesday of Holy Week, we again hear a perspective of Jesus calling out the one who will betray Him, Judas Iscariot. Throughout the…

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Tuesday of Holy Week—Peter's Betrayal

Holy Week is upon us, and regardless of your commitment to the Lenten practices you made around Ash Wednesday, there is still time to re-center yourself upon the spiritual meaning of Lent. Over the next several days we walk together with Christ up until his passion and resurrection. Catholic in Recovery will be offering short reflections…

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