One Day at a Time: Feb 20

11Sober Thought for the Day
“The attainment of greater humility is the foundation principle of each of AA’s Twelve Steps, for without some degree of humility, no alcoholic can stay sober at all. “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 70

As I thus get down to my right size and stature, my self-concern and importance becomes amusing.  June 1961 As Bill Sees It, p. 106

I don’t learn humility in my head, through knowledge and study, or through reading about it.  Humility is fostered in my heart. An alcoholic living a sober life, and all that entails, is living a life of humility because in order to stay away from the drink, I have to remember who I am–an alcoholic. I have a flaw, a defect. I’m not perfect. That I cannot drink like other people is something I need to remind myself of each morning. Piling up days in sobriety can very easily lead me to complacency where I forget how alcohol affected me so many days, weeks, months or years ago. Daily I pray, Dear God, thank you for keeping me sober yesterday. Please keep me sober today.

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19

R. A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.

Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.
R. A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.

A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not out from your presence,
and your Holy Spirit take not from me.
R. A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.

For you are not pleased with sacrifices;
should I offer a burnt offering, you would not accept it.
My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit;
a heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
R. A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.

Today’s Catholic Insight
Pope Benedict XVI said on Ash Wednesday in one of his last public appearances, “Above all, the Church proposes to us once again, the strong appeal that the prophet Joel addresses to the Israelites: Thus says the Lord: “return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, weeping, and mourning”. Note the expression “with your whole heart”, which means from the centre of our thoughts and feelings, from the roots of our decisions, choices, and actions, with a gesture of total and radical freedom.

There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart. Saint Augustine

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4 thoughts on “One Day at a Time: Feb 20

  1. I truly love the way you interweave the Church and A.A. here. Humility is something that we all need to keep us “real”, especially in (non-addictive) areas we consider ourselves to be experts in. I am a good cook. It is really good for me to have a cooking crisis sometimes so that I don’t start thinking I am Julia Child.

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