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Sweet Surrender: The Gift of My Consecration to the Blessed Mother

I’ve read often in recovery literature that surrender is essential to healing from our addictions. But it always frightened me. Surrender felt like giving up—it felt like admitting I can’t do it on my own.  Guess what? I can’t do it on my own. Even just typing that sentence was difficult but lately I’ve found…

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Creating a Sacred Space in a Time of Uncertainty

Kathy's Sacred Space

Brothers and sisters in recovery, how are you faring in our current state of affairs? For a month now we have been restricted from many of our usual daily activities. This means we haven’t been able to attend in-person recovery meetings, Mass, or the Sacrament of Reconciliation as well as spend time with many of…

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Why Being Sober Wasn’t Enough to Keep Me From Being Miserable

After I first became sober I thought that I’m better now. I can handle it. I had been in AA for years and attended hundreds, maybe thousands, of meetings. I had volunteered, read the Big Book, and the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, and worked through the Twelve Steps with a sponsor. I had learned…

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Get Out The Toolbox: Surviving the Coronavirus Pandemic

One of the phrases that I keep hearing get thrown around amidst the Coronavirus pandemic is “nothing has prepared us for this!” And in a sense, this is true. We haven’t seen a pandemic like this on a global scale since the Spanish Flu in the early 20th century.  However, I don’t buy the fact…

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The Irreplaceable Role of a Priest in Recovery

When I first came to a recovery program I was brought to it by a very caring woman who saw the pain I was going through. She stressed the need for having a sponsor and suggested that I listen and find someone with a length of sobriety whom I respected.  There was an old-timer, named…

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Why Fasting Matters for Us During Lent

During this wonderful season of Lent, many of us turn our attention to the discipline of fasting. Similar to making New Year’s resolutions, many of us decide to give something up for Lent. As a child, I remember wondering why we were called to refrain from meat, candy, or whatever during the 40 days before…

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If All Our Sins Smelled Like Alcohol

Being a Lyft driver, I’m afforded a lot of unique interactions with people. As I was telling someone recently, the job is sort of like being an “ad hoc social worker on wheels.” You just never know who is going to come into your car or what their reason for needing a ride might be. …

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