Category Archives: The 12 Steps and Spiritual Formation

We Surrender to Win – Guest Post

This is a guest post. The writer wishes to remain anonymous. I grew up in a family where it was considered important to always “be right;” we were often corrected for any mistakes in speech or behavior. This bred a strong … Continue reading

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Being “Reasonably Happy”

This blog is home to more than 660 posts.  Occasionally I re-blog a post that seems particularly important for life in 2017.  This post was first posted on February 19, 2015. When I  worked for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, … Continue reading

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Becoming a Gritty Christian

I’m “back in the saddle again,” co-leading a group studying Breathing Under Water, Spirituality and the Twelve Steps, by Richard Rohr. The lesson this week focused on the life-long process we engage in as we look deeply into our “private … Continue reading

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Powerlessness Case Study

THE TWELVE STEPS AND SPIRITUAL FORMATION  My husband woke up cranky today.  Maybe it’s because he’s sick. Maybe it’s because he just has a cranky personality. Whatever the reason, he said something very mean. I automatically defaulted immediately to my … Continue reading

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My Surrender

MY JOURNEY Co-dependency.  Enabling.  I had no idea what those words meant.  But I lived them out with all my passion for decades. After my life came to a screeching debacle, and I learned what those words meant, I wanted … Continue reading

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“Stinking Thinking”

LIVING AS APPRENTICES Here’s a conscience-pricking comment from Wendell Berry. We have lived by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. And this has been based on the even flimsier assumption that we … Continue reading

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On Harmony and Mindfulness

THE TWELVE STEPS AND SPIRITUAL FORMATION “For Jesus, and thus for we who strive to follow him, to glorify God comes down to this: to faithfully finish whatever God gives us to do. To face with courage all the moments of our lives—challenging and joyful, tedious and fearful and glad—without … Continue reading

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Deep Communion and Dear Compassion

THE TWELVE STEPS AND SPIRITUAL FORMATION I’ve been marinating in the Twelve Steps for the past year.  They revolutionized my life many years ago, and they are doing it again, this time with help of Fr. Richard Rohr and his … Continue reading

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