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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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Monday of Holy Week—Lazarus Glorifies God

  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…

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Christ's Temptation and the 800-Pound Gorilla

There is an acronym around recovery that serves as a reminder for things that can be triggers—things that can set off addictive behaviors: HALT (Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired). Self-awareness of our vulnerabilities is an important way to keep away from temptation and put us in situations that foster virtue. At the beginning of his ministry,…

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