Flesh and Blood

Holy-Eucharist-catholicism-133989_482_493This blog has been a saving grace for me over the last three weeks.  I’ve been confined to my home, mostly to my bed or couch because of a herniated disc in my lower back.  The pain is bad and it seems my left leg muscles are starting to atrophy a little bit from the encroached nerve and non-use.  (whine)

Blogging each day, committing to being part of  WordPress’  “post-a-day-2013” is therapeutic and an enjoyable way to pass the time. I’ve discovered wonderful Catholic blogs “out there”, as well as hope-filled sobriety ones. Funny how I have come to know many of you–your personalities, simply by reading your words every day.

Prior to this, I’d been a four or five times per week meeting maker in AA.  The meetings are key for me in helping me stay out of my own head, which eagerly waits for me to put my guard down so it can recommend a drink to ease my suffering.  So, this online world has become my temporary meeting spot..the place where I come to read the experience, strength and hope from others and share my own when appropriate.

Many thanks to these bloggers for keeping me on my 12-step toes: Bye Bye Beer, Message In A Bottle, Sober Catholic, Emotional Drinking, Running on Sober, Sober Boots, The Bubble Hour, The Miracle Is Around the Corner and many others…

And since nothing can replace actual flesh and blood, I am so grateful that my sponsor AF and her sponsor SZ brought a meeting to me, since I couldn’t make one in person.  They came to my house on Friday, drank tea with me, read from the Big Book and just talked Steps.  AF was coy to point out too that I could use this time to work on my 4th Step, which I am still procrastinating.  ha ha. Maybe I will work on it today?

I typically don’t ever have the desire to drink anymore. One of the benefits of being sober for a while (define: “for a while”) is the desire to drink pretty much disappears.  Therefore, I’ve spent the big chunk of my time in here reading not recovery but Catholic blogs.  Out in the “real world,” or at least in my real world, I don’t encounter people every day who explore their love of the faith.  So, it’s wonderful to hang out in here with you all, especially these: Biltrix, Conversion Diary, and all the blogs that branch out from Conversion Diary through Jennifer Fulwiler’s 7 Quick Takes Fridays.

But since again nothing here can replace flesh and blood, I am sad to be missing Mass, unable to receive the body and blood of Jesus.  I live a distance away from my parish so I hate to ask our pastor (who no doubt is busy tending to other more pressing matters) to bring the holy Eucharist to me; but maybe my Mom can bring me communion some time later this week.  She receives an email every time I post so she’ll be getting this request soon enough!  XOXO

 

Sunday Snippets – A Catholic Carnival

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So excited to post my inaugural Sunday Snippets with a group of Catholic bloggers who gather weekly to share our best posts with each other. This week Sunday Snippets is hosted over at This That and the Other Thing, so be sure to check out the rest of the bloggers over there.

This past week I blogged about

Different Kinds of Saints where i wrote about the differences between the way my mom prays and the way I do.  In Sister Weekend and Mother Teresa, I wrote about spending the weekend at the beach with my mother and five sisters. My mother gave me a beautiful meditation prayer written by Mother Teresa.

Earlier in the week, I wrote about how I am grateful to be sober in this post and this post.

Here I wrote about how I use the Catholic type of prayer called Lectio Divina to practice the 11th Step of AA. And in this post and this post I wrote about beginning Step Four in the 12 Steps of AA.

Have a great week everybody and thank you so much for including me!

7 Quick Takes: 7 “Kick Ass” Sobriety Blogs

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Here we go again with our 7 Quick Takes Friday hosted by Jennifer Fulwiler over at Conversion Diary. We reciprocate links to her blog and then post 7 “quick-takes” on our blogs.

This Friday I’m offering 7 great sobriety blogs for you or someone you know suffering from alcoholism or loving someone suffering from alcoholism.  May God bless you!

1. Ellie at Crying Out Now, One Crafty Mother and The Bubble Hour — Ellie has done more, IMHO helping women trying to recover from alcoholism than any other woman of my generation on the planet.  How do you like that for a recommendation?  Her experience, strength and hope really are “all that.”

2. Heather King at Shirt of Flame is a contemplative and sober Catholic–her writings show up in one of my favorite morning prayer books (Magnificat).

3. Three sober women bloggers:  Julie at Sober Julie — recovering alcoholic mother in Canada and an ardent follower of Christ.  And Guinevere Gets Sober is a top ranked blog for women in sobriety.  And another, The Act of Returning to Normal.  And another: Sober In October.

4. Andrea at Your Kick Ass Life — “Kick Ass” hence the headline for this post—Andrea has been helping women reach their potential for years and eventually came to terms with her own dependence on alcohol.7quicktakes

5. Several bloggers write here, but this is the most in-depth, up-to-date, real journalism type online magazine for addiction—The Fix. Alcohol and Recovery Straight Up.

6. Ann Leary, author of The Good House–a novel about a mother in New England who struggles with alcoholism and family.  Ann’s been sober for  years and years and is married to a Hollywood type.

7. And this one is NOT a “sobriety” blogger (as far as I know) but it’s for anybody that has ever suffered from depression.  You must see this post by Allie at Hyperbole and a Half.

PLEASE COMMENT BELOW TO ADD YOUR OWN FAVORITE RECOVERY BLOGS 🙂  the more the merrier.