CELEBRATION – It’s that time of year. Let’s celebrate SOBRIETY!

It’s the time of year for celebrating. We celebrate Thanksgiving , we celebrate Christmas and the ringing in of the new year!

December 25 is the traditional anniversary of the birth of Christ, but most scholars are unsure about the true date for Christ’s birth.

Regardless of the pagan background of so many December traditions, and whether or not Jesus was born on December 25th, our goal is still to turn the eyes of all men upon the true Creator and Christ of Christmas. The light of the world has come. And the Christmas season and celebration presents the church with a wonderful opportunity to preach the good news–that men can be made righteous and have peace with God through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Sr. Mary Ellen Merrick, IHM, D. Min., MAC, Executive Director of Guest House for Women Religious shares her reflection on celebrating SOBRIETY

She took the letters of the word SOBRIETY and said the following about each letter:

S ~ for many people sobriety is a SECOND chance. A second chance to fulfill a covenant between a God who loves unconditionally and a human child who comes to understand that truth in a deeper way.

O ~ for the OPPORTUNITIES to be of genuine service to other people who are also in need of understanding and compassion.

B ~ for the ability to understand what BALANCE means in the daily living of one’s life. It includes leisure and prayer.

R ~ for the desire to be in RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with oneself, others and the God of my understanding. This may necessitate learning skills that will enhance communication.

I ~ for the effort to become a person of INTEGRITY. Does the inside match the outside when I am alone and when I am with others? Who gives me feedback about myself?

E ~ for the EFFORT that is foundational in order to do the daily work of remaining sober.

T ~ for the TRUST that is needed to sustain a program of recovery

Y ~ for the YES to believe in the possibility of continuing sobriety and to accept it as gift.

To request the full pamphlet “Spirituality & Recovery from Addictions” by Sr. Mary Ellen, send your request to NCCA@guesthouse.org