Spiritual Tools

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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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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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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Keeping Serenity Through the Season

I remember my first stretch of Christmas and New Year’s while in recovery quite well. I had about two and a half months free from alcohol and drug use (which seemed miraculous at the time, as it still does today), and I was preparing for what I knew would be a test of the principles…

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Addiction Recovery: Where Do You Begin?

If you are wrestling with the idea that you need help overcoming your addiction—either from drugs, alcoholism, pornography, gambling, an eating disorder, or other psychological dependency—it is likely that this is not a new idea to you. I had enough evidence to be convinced (in moments of clarity) that I was an alcoholic and drug…

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Digging Out of the Spiritual Trough

  I wrote the outline for this post about two weeks ago following a vacation, in a moment when I felt myself diving into a spiritual “trough”, or low point in one’s spiritual life where God’s presence seems to withdraw.  I plotted out the following points, mostly as a reminder to myself about the tools…

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Service With a Smile: A Lesson in Gratitude

I work at a restaurant, serving delightful meals and memorable experiences to guests of all kinds. A few weeks ago I was in the midst of a shift when I could sense my attitude running amuck. Making comparisons to the woman working next to me, my mind began racing about how I was the victim…

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You Can't Do It Alone

“Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path.”[1] I hear these words read aloud nearly every day, to the point that it sometimes hums through my ears unnoticed like the sound of the wind. When I first got sober and was realizing how important the fellowship of other recovering drunks…

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