The Delaware Calix unit celebrates Mass at 6:15 PM followed by a discussion meeting
(similar to most 12 step meetings)
In Calix we have a meeting topic each week usually tied to a recovery topic. In Calix we can address our higher power in terms of Jesus, God, and Holy Spirit. We are open to all who wish to enhance their spiritual life through the Catholic religion. Members of our faith and non-catholics and those is all 12 Step programs are welcome to attend.
Each week until advent after mass we will listen to a short part of a 12 Lecture series by Fr. Anthony Ciorra,PhD, The Spirituality of the Twelve Steps for Everyone
On August 11, 1938, Bill Wilson created the first twelve-step fellowship. Since then, countless men and women have participated in this powerful program. Although associated with Alcoholics Anonymous, the spirituality of the twelve steps transcends multiple religious and secular traditions.
This is truly a spiritual approach for everyone.
Now, renowned spiritual expert Fr. Anthony Ciorra, Ph.D., will guide you through the deep spirituality behind the twelve steps.
Through 12 talks, you will embark on a transformative journey towards freedom. The other of Everyday Mysticism and recipient of the pontifical honor Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, Fr. Ciorra helps you deepen your spirituality through a caring, thorough, and broad approach.
This fall we begin a series on the 12 Step. Comments each week are from the series
The Spirituality of the Twelve Steps for Everyone
Internationally celebrated spirituality expert and recipient of Pope John Paul II’s Pro Ecclesia et Pont
Each meeting we will begin with Mass, break for refreshments then listen to Father Ciorra's comment on the step of the week. Handouts on each topic will be available.
Looking forward to see you all.
How many newcomers assume they know what prayer and meditation is? I did. Tonight's topic, Step 11 is a short study on prayer and meditation. AA has very definite instructions on the HOW's of meditation. Bill also lifts from Catholic thought on prayer when he writes:
Prayer is the raising of the heart and mind to God—
AA World Services Inc. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (p. 102). AA World Services, Inc. Kindle Edition.
In Calix Father Lugar writes in Step 11,
Consequently, if we have difficulty with Step Eleven, we might do well to examine ourselves in each of the preceding ten.
Lugar, Fr. Arnold E.. Calix and the Twelve Steps (Kindle Location 792). . Kindle Edition.
Lastly, St. Francis de Sales in Introduction to the Devout Life
One man sets great value on fasting, and believes himself to be leading a very devout life, so long as he fasts rigorously, although the while his heart is full of bitterness;— and while he will not moisten his lips with wine, perhaps not even with water, in his great abstinence, he does not scruple to steep them in his neighbour’s blood, through slander and detraction. Another man reckons himself as devout because he repeats many prayers daily, although at the same time he does not refrain from all manner of angry, irritating, conceited or insulting speeches among his family and neighbours.
Saint Francis de Sales. Introduction to the Devout Life (p. 1). Catholic Way Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Lastly Father Martin speaks about the importance of "Prayer." He talks about spirituality verses religion. We believe that prayer helps with strengthening our spiritual being.