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Robert Aufill shows the many parallels between the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and Catholic teaching. He says, "On the experiential level, AA members come very close to Catholic doctrine, often without realizing it."   SHOW MORE

My God, I give you this day. I offer you, now, all of the good that I shall do and I promise to accept, for love of you, all of the difficulty that I shall meet. Help me to conduct myself during this day in a manner pleasing to you. Amen.

 

 

LambsWhen Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi he put this question to his disciples, 'Who do people say the Son of man is?'And they said, 'Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.' But you,' he said, 'who do you say I am?' Then Simon Peter spoke up and said, 'You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.' Matt 16 - 13:16

 

 

The photo makes a strong argument to be fed intimately by the Shepherd. For Catholics the picture might bring an image of being fed the Body of Christ – the traditional way-by the tongue in a position of humility. For those in AA it may reflect the process in the second step when almost in line, we face a Great Reality- either we submit to the food offered and come to believe or we wander in the pasture(s) starving. The Shepard's food is likely much more nutritious, more dense than any pasture grasses we find. We notice others in line and by the notice an inquiry starts. Imagine a newcomer asking you, "Where is the Shepard?"  Or return to your own beginnings when you noticed others getting well. Didn't you ask, “What are they doing? How come they look so healthy? or What are they eating?”

Simon Peter spoke for himself as the lamb above did it - all by himself. He was the first. Each one of us has this moment. When we stop reporting what others have said about Jesus and position ourselves to Him- one to one and say, “Yes your are the Christ” or in AA lingo, “Yes I came to believe”.

For Catholics the feeding is the Body and Blood as written in John 6. John 6:66 addresses the consequence of those sheep unwilling to believe the shepherd. We see the results in the rooms of AA and in the Christian churches who don't believe in the real presence Jesus spoke to in John 6.

Somehow I find the connection comforting with sadness for our protestant brothers and sisters starving from the True Presence and with those in AA who when Jesus asks, 'who do you say I am?' stall and refuse to answer. Bill wrote much about the the five types of 'lambs' in Step 2 in the 12 x 12. John 6:66 parallels something else in step :

“As psychiatrists have often observed, defiance is the outstanding characteristic of many an alcoholic. So it’s not strange that lots of us have had our day at defying God Himself. (AA World Services Inc (2013-12-18). Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (p. 31). AA World Services, Inc. Kindle Edition. )

I pray I may always hear Jesus asking me, “Who do you say I am”

The present study is concerned with the complex phenomenon of “New Age” which is influencing many aspects of contemporary culture.

The study is a provisional report. It is the fruit of the common reflection of the Working Group on New Religious Movements, composed of staff members of different dicasteries of the Holy See: the Pontifical Councils for Culture and for Interreligious Dialogue (which are the principal redactors for this project), the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

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