12 steps and 12 traditions

Twelve Steps And Twelve Traditions: Why The Group Matters.

Twelve Steps And Twelve Traditions…a collection of essays? If the Alcoholics Anonymous “Big Book” is as complete and powerful as their members claim then why write another book 10+ years later? Ah-ha! A necessary addition was demanded in the early fellowship – something a primitive organization had the privilege to ignore (when your starving you’ll … Read More

catholic in recovery

Catholic In Recovery: The Remarkable 12-Step Golden Books

Catholic In Recovery: The Gem in A.A. What Golden Books? Unbeknownst to me, most folks in A.A. have never heard of the Golden Books. Of course, I’m basing this conclusion inductively from a small representative, nonetheless the lack of online chatter and in the rooms blabber is enough supporting evidence. So What? Who Cares? I … Read More

the fourth step

Know Thyself: A Context For The 4th Step

“The long journey’s destination is to be found the very spot we embarked from.” (1) “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory.” We should immediately point to the elephant in the room. Well, the perceived elephant because after evaluation it turns out to be but a speck of dust. We are discussing morality. Morality is … Read More

the four absolutes

The Four Absolutes: The Original Principles Of A.A.

The Constancy Of Principles In this day and age of fictions, a fixity in a transcendent sense appears not only naive but unwelcome. Oddly enough, when equal yet competing truth claims coexist the idea of absolutes causes unease; precipitating even hatred and violence. The abounding western narrative presents relativity absolutely… ironically vitiating its own position … Read More

the 12 and 12

The 12 Steps And 12 Traditions: Is Faith Required?

Do We Ever Operate Without Faith? It should be immediately stated that faith is a requirement for everything. It’s amazing how much we take for granted and just assume to be true. For starters, how many of you – yes you, my dubious reader – have test drove a car? Took it right off the … Read More

12 Step Daily Meditations 

The Best 12 Step Daily Meditations (Top 5)

Daily Reflections Theme: Recovery, Unity, and Service. A.A.’s authorized daily devotional..a quick quip each day usually accompanied by a REFLECTED upon excerpt from another piece of conference-approved A.A. literature. The layout is elementary and so is the reading and comprehension level – it holds to the “keep it simple” standard of the fellowship. Why is … Read More