Scripture Reflection

Recognizing the Lord in His Purest Form

This Sunday, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. This experience, as witnessed by Peter, James, and John, took place on a mountain top. High elevation often suggests that a spiritual experience is to take place. In this week’s Gospel reading (Mt 17:1-9), we hear: “Jesus took Peter, James, and…

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Finding and Keeping God’s Treasure

“Half-measures avail us nothing,” are words spoken in Twelve-Step recovery that are meant to reveal the importance of keeping our recovery efforts on the front of our minds and actions. This day-at-a-time commitment to discovering a new way of life and maintaining it is no different than the converted Christian who is now armed with…

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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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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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