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THE SACRED WOUND OF ALCOHOLISM

[I share these words in the hope that we may come to a deeper understanding of the illness of alcoholism. I wrote it to be shared with a group I ministered with after the death of one of the group members. Rose (not her real name) was an alcoholic and a faithful Catholic. She had a devotion to the Sacred Heart Of Jesus and Our Lady. She struggled right to the end with her alcoholism, but never lost faith or her trust in the love of Jesus for her. You may have some familiarity of family who have suffered because of alcoholism, experiencing yourself the suffering caused by the alcoholic and the pain of witnessing the self-destructive behaviour of an alcoholic loved-one. It is a wound, but can become a sacred wound through which the love of God can pour into the heart and mind of the alcoholic, and indeed, into the lives of those around them. Experiences and stories abound of so many who have found a new hope and deeper way of living through an honest confrontation with their alcoholism and their need of the grace of God. We continue to pray for this and to pray for the still suffering alcoholic.]

CHRISTMAS REFLECTIONS

I love Christmas. The Advent Season leading up to Christmas, Christmas Day, and the feasts flowing from the Christmas Season.

CATHOLIC IDENTITY AND CATHOLIC PLURALITY (II)

Holy Father, I pray not only for these, but for those also who through their words will believe in me. May they all be one. Father, may they be one in us, as you are in me and I am in you, so that the world may believe it was you who sent me. John 17: 20

HOLY WEEK IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

We are enduring a collective traumatic experience that has revealed both the limits of human self-sufficiency and the limitless courage and self-sacrifice of the human spirit.

Waiting in Joyful Hope

Somebody once said that “life is simply about waiting for the next thing to happen.” There is a lot of truth in this. We seem to spend most of our time waiting for some event, person or ideal situation that will fulfill us or bring some meaning into our lives.