"True wisdom, as the fruit of self-examination, dialogue and generous encounter between persons, is not acquired by a mere accumulation of data which eventually leads to overload and confusion, a sort of mental pollution. Real relationships with others, with all the challenges they entail, now tend to be replaced by a type of internet communication which enables us to choose or eliminate relationships at whim, thus giving rise to a new type of contrived emotion which has more to do with devices and displays than with other people and with nature. Today’s media do enable us to communicate and to share our knowledge and affections. Yet at times they also shield us from direct contact with the pain, the fears and the joys of others and the complexity of their personal experiences. For this reason, we should be concerned that, alongside the exciting possibilities offered by these media, a
deep and melancholic dissatisfaction with interpersonal relations, or a harmful sense of isolation, can also arise." (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, #47.)



Q & A Session - Dealing with Addictions

The Spirituality of the Twelve Steps
JTwelve Steps

1:30pm - 3:30pm
Sunday 7 April
Please note new date
The Crypt, St Patricks Church, Grosvenor Street, The Rocks
All welcome. Free.

Hosted by James & John

“A.A.’s Twelve Steps are a group of principles, spiritual in their nature, which, if practiced as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole. .... Many people, non-alcoholic, report that as a result of the practice of A.A.’s Twelve Steps, they have been able to meet other difficulties of life. They think that the Twelve Steps can mean more than sobriety for problem drinkers. They see in them a way to happy and effective living for many, alcoholic or not” (Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, 15-16).

Anything that promotes obsessive or compulsive behaviours may be regarded as addictive – work, exercise, prescription drugs, sex, pornography, shopping etc. Ours is an addictive society. The same principles that enable a person to emerge healthily from the addiction to alcohol, can be of great assistance to us all. These principles are in fact basic to sane living. The great challenge is to keep expanding our capacity to be free!

James and John are both recovered alcoholics. John is a trained counsellor.

Can you answer a firm "Yes" to any of these questions? If so, this Q & A is for you.

Are you troubled by obsessive behaviour or an addiction of any kind?
Are people close to you expressing concerns about these things?
Are you troubled by unhealthy relationships in your life?
Are resentments and self-centred fears holding you back?
Do you know what is blocking you from conscious contact with your Higher Power?
Do you seek the truth about yourself? Who are you?
Do you seek a spiritual awakening?
Is blame and self-pity holding you back?
Do you waste time comparing yourself with others?
Do you judge yourself and other people harshly ?
Do you know peace of mind in your daily life?
Are you aware that addictions and obsessive behaviours are physical symptoms of spiritual dis-ease?
Do you (or someone you care about) spend an inordinate amount of time engaging in behaviours for which you (or they) later experience feelings of guilt, shame & remorse?
Do you find yourself spending a lot of energy worrying about, & trying to control, the behaviours of those you are close to?
Do you resolve to give up/let go of unhelpful behaviours, only to find yourself re-engaging with them, contrary to your better judgement?

On sale for $5 each:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous 4th ed, and
  • Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions

Further Suggested reading:

* Fr Richard Rohr OFM, Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps, SPCK Publishing, 2016 - $23.25 online at Booktopia or $11.99 on Kindle.

* Rami Shapiro, Recovery – the sacred art: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice, Skylight Paths Publishing, 2015 - $27.95 online at Booktopia or $15.52 on Kindle.

* Ann Wilson Schaef and Diane Fassel, The Addictive Organization: Why We Overwork, Cover up, Pick up the Pieces, Please the Boss, and Perpetuate Sick Organizations, Harper Collins, 1990 - $27.75 online at Booktopia.