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.
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.
How many newcomers show up to the rooms of AA with the best of intentions? They want to get sober, to enter. They fail to get small enough through the steps to enter into sobriety or Jerusalem. Jeusalem is the focal point of life and so it is for sobriety. I read the Master's penalty as the consequence of self-will. The pleading of the 'excluded' reminds me of someone 'wanting twenty years without tweny years of the earth going around the sun'. Those wailing and grinding are full of envy and self-pity. Sounds like the newcomer Sound like me!
The Gospel reading is our topic for discussion : Luke 13:22-30
Through towns and villages he went teaching, making his way to Jerusalem. Someone said to him, 'Sir, will there be only a few saved?' He said to them, 'Try your hardest to enter by the narrow door, because, I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed. 'Once the master of the house has got up and locked the door, you may find yourself standing outside knocking on the door, saying, "Lord, open to us," but he will answer, "I do not know where you come from." Then you will start saying, "We once ate and drank in your company; you taught in our streets," but he will reply, "I do not know where you come from; away from me, all evil doers!" 'Then there will be weeping and grinding of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrown out. And people from east and west, from north and south, will come and sit down at the feast in the kingdom of God. 'Look, there are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last.'