What Does the Calix Society Believe? 
The "Credo" of the society succinctly tells the story:
"Calix is an association of Catholic alcoholics who are maintaining their sobriety through affiliation with and participation in the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. Our first concern is to interest Catholics with an alcoholic problem in the virtue of total abstinence. Our second stated purpose is to promote the spiritual development of our membership. Our gathering today is an effort in this direction. Our conversation and our association together should be a source of inspiration and encouragement to each other, geared to our growth toward spiritual maturity. Our participation in all other spiritual activities of Calix, such as the frequent celebration of the Liturgy, reception of the Sacraments, personal prayer and meditation, Holy Hours, Days of Recollection and retreats, aid us in our third objective, namely, to strive for the sanctification of the whole personality of each member. We welcome other alcoholics, not members of our faith, or any others, non-alcoholics, who are concerned with the illness of alcoholism and wish to join with us in prayer for our stated purposes."

 

The Twelve Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) is generally accepted as the best therapy for those afflicted with the disease of alcoholism. The Calix Society, an organization of recovering alcoholics, their friends and family, share this view.

Why Calix?

For Catholics, however, something more is needed.  They realize that the Twelve Step program (necessarily non-denominational) advocates recourse to a "higher power" and God.  Having been raised in a church rich in tradition, dogma and ritual,  recovering Catholic alcoholics begin to yearn once again for the faith they probably have neglected or abandoned.  At this point the Calix Society can say:

"Come back home. You must maintain your sobriety through your affiliation with Alcoholics Anonymous, but let us help you to regain the spiritual life without which you may not succeed in the never-ending fight against your addiction."

The sincere men and women of Calix have the answer of the Calix Society:

"Substitute the cup that stupefies  for the cup that sanctifies ."

Calix Purpose

If Calix were concerned only with (our responsibilities as a dedicated parent and spouse, of fulfilling our responsibilities to our jobs, our community, etc.)  it would merely overlap or duplicate A.A.  Calix is more than A.A.  It is an extension of A.A.  It searches the spiritual dimension.  lt gets down to the nitty gritty. It establishes a basic spiritual foundation which is a necessary starting point to true spiritual growth, to sanctity. This is the purpose of Calix.

Lugar, Fr. Arnold E. (2011-10-26). Calix and the Twelve Steps (Kindle Locations 403-406).  . Kindle Edition.

 


What is Calix?

AA and the steps saved my butt. Calix helped save my soul.

Calix is an international association of Catholic alcoholics who maintain sobriety in a 12- step recovery program. We meet once a week sharing our experience, strength, and hope usually after Mass or adoration of the blessed sacrament.We welcome other alcoholics, not members of our faith, or any others, including non-alcoholics, who are concerned with the illness of alcoholism and wish to join with us in prayer for our stated purposes- our sanctification in the Church with and by the Sacraments and her disciplines.  We promote the spiritual development of all our members aided by frequent celebration of the Liturgy, Sacraments, and Holy Hours. 

 

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