Celebrating the Year of Faith



If there is one part of the spiritual life that St. Ignatius of Loyola stressed, it was the daily–and even twice daily–examination of conscience. As we read the Spiritual Exercises, we may be overwhelmed by the minute detail of Ignatius’ treatment  of what he calls the Particular Examination of Conscience. At the same time, he is careful to provide Some Notes on Scruples as a caution for those who are inclined to take their examinations to the extreme.

It is very important for us to form a clear and correct conscience. This means that we cultivate a sensitive judgement which is alert to the least offense against the Divine Will and, at the same time, protect ourselves against the wiles of the evil or bad spirit. St. Ignatius tells us: “The enemy considers carefully whether one has a lax or delicate conscience. If one has a…

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Yikes! It’s after 3:00pm EST and I am just now posting this March 15th daily meditation. Enjoy and sorry so late!

Living Sober through the Psalms

Sober Thought of the Day
“I began to think vodka was my drink at last. It didn’t taste like anything, but it went straight down into my stomach like a sword swallowers’ sword and made me feel powerful and godlike.” Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

This psalm gives me great comfort. “The Lord is close to the broken-hearted.”  Ain’t that the truth? An alcoholic who has experienced the depths of their addiction and cried out to God for help can certainly attest to the truth here.Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 34:17-18, 19-20, 21 AND 23

R. (19a) The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.

The LORD confronts the evildoers,
to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,
and from all their distress he rescues them.
R. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.

The LORD is…

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Living Sober through the Psalms

Sober Thought of the Day
“I like to change liquor stores frequently because the clerks got to know your habits if you went in night and day and bought huge quantities. I could feel them wondering why I wasn’t dead yet and it made me uncomfortable. They probably weren’t thinking any such thing, but then a man gets paranoid when he has 300 hangovers a year.”  Charles Bukowski,Women

I used to do this with convenience stores. I would never buy beer at the same store two days in a row.  But it didn’t matter. The clerks know which customers are the ones with problems. Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 106:19-20, 21-22, 23

R. (4a) Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.

Our fathers made a calf in Horeb
and adored a molten image;
They exchanged their glory
for the image of a…

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Living Sober through the Psalms

Sober Thought of the Day
“Follow seven beers with a couple of scotches, and it’s funny how sleep just sort of comes on its own. Often I never even made it to the bed. I’d squat down to pet the cat and wake up on the floor eight hours later, having lost a perfectly good excuse to change my clothes. I’m now told that this is not called “going to sleep” but rather “passing out,” a phrase that carries a distinct hint of judgment.”  David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day

Ah, sleep! I’d venture to say one of the best things about early sobriety is the benefits felt from a “real” good night’s sleep. Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9
R. (8) The Lord of hosts is with us; our stronghold is the God of Jacob. 

God is our refuge and our strength,

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This is one of my favorite bloggers and my first blog “follower.” Terry also writes for CatholicInsight.com which is a publication in Canada, I believe. This is excellent advice for us Catholic mothers who are up against forces that try to influence our children away from our Faith. Enjoy!

8 Kids And A Business

(This post is also at Catholic Insight catholicinsight.com)

Vatican CityLike many faithful Catholics, the resignation of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI left me feeling uncertain and deeply saddened.  For a few days, I felt a little weepy and the wet, slushy weather fuelled my winter blahs.

With a heavy heart, I went to work each morning as a visiting nurse in the community.  On one of my rounds, a patient struck up an unwelcome conversation.  A non-Catholic, the person weighed in with unsolicited negative opinions about the Papacy, the outgoing Pope and the Catholic Church.

“Oh, Lord,” I silently prayed, “I really don’t want to have this conversation today.”

In the nursing profession, we are taught to put the patients’ needs first.  Our Standards of Practice  instruct us to listen with empathy and to set our own beliefs and values aside so that we don’t make value judgements that might interfere with…

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Living Sober through the Psalms

Sober Thought of the Day
“Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”  Ernest Hemingway

This Psalm makes me think of gratitude. I’m grateful for this life of sobriety. The things I miss cannot compare to the things I’ve gained from trudging this road of happy destiny. As it says perfectly, “From his distress He saved him.”  Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7

R. (9a) Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Glorify the LORD with me,
let us together extol his name.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me

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Catholic Alcoholic

mother-teresaI love this. Came across it this morning on Love Being Catholic’s Facebook page and had to share:

Stay where you are. Find your own Calcutta. Find the sick, the suffering and the lonely right there where you are — in your own homes and in your own families, in your workplaces and in your schools. … You can find Calcutta all over the world, if you have the eyes to see. Everywhere, wherever you go, you find people who are unwanted, unloved, uncared for, just rejected by society — completely forgotten, completely left alone.” – Blessed Mother Teresa

Dear God, show me where you want me.  Show me my own Calcutta so I can better to Your will where You want me.  Love, Number 9

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Living Sober through the Psalms

Sober Thought of the Day
“I like to have a martini,
Two at the very most.
After three I’m under the table,
after four I’m under my host.”
― Dorothy Parker, The Collected Dorothy Parker

In this Psalm God lets us know that He guides us in his truth, provides us guidelines for living through the Word and tradition of the Church. We can never go wrong or be unsatisfied if we allow ourselves to be guided and taught the paths given to us by our Lord. Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 25:4-5AB, 6 AND 7BC, 8-9

R. (6a) Remember your mercies, O Lord.

Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
teach me your paths,
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my savior.
R. Remember your mercies, O Lord.

Remember that your compassion, O LORD,
and your kindness…

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Living Sober through the Psalms

Sober Thought of the Day
“Ho! Ho! Ho! To the bottle I go
To heal my heart and drown my woe
Rain may fall, and wind may blow
And many miles be still to go
But under a tall tree will I lie
And let the clouds go sailing by”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

The last stanza of this Psalm stands out to me where it talks about God putting our sin as far away from us as the east is to the west. There is a song I love called East to West by Casting Crown. When I was sober the first time and struggling, I remember this song was so meaningful because of the line, “Today I feel like I’m just one mistake away, from you leaving me again.. I can’t bear to find the man I’ve been come rising up in me again…”  Number 9


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