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Excellent Sermon. Thank you!

Great word. Thank you.

All I can add, is "amen, and thank you!"

Excellent. Thank you.

In 1961, Carl Jung wrote a letter along these lines to the founder of AA that, "Spiritus contra spiritum": "Spirit against spirits"  (http://speakingoffaith.publicradio.org/programs/recovery/jung.shtml).

Truly inspired!

Nadia, I love to hear an honest,powerful female voice in the world of sermons. As a practicing Catholic, I long to hear a woman speak to me on the gospels, with authority and confidence. I look forward to each and every one of your posts and share your blog with others, whenever I can.

yes, also Amen and thank you.

Thank you for these words. For those of us waiting for a word on a loved one in the ICU after a life of addiction, this article is miraculous.

I love your blog, which I discovered earlier this year, and I love your sermons. However, this sermon, while inspiring, brought me up short.

If the fixations and compulsions you speak of are the result of a mental disorder, submitting to God's will is unlikely to help you - you need professional help. I'm thinking particularly of scrupulosity, a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). I recently had to decide on including a book, SCRUPLES AND SAINTHOOD, on my OCD web site. I did include it, but with admonitions that it probably was not a helpful book; my opinion was based on two articles the author wrote, "From Scrupulosity to Lutherosity (Parts 1 and 2)":

http://catholiclane.com/from-scrupulosity-to-lutherosity-part-1/

http://catholiclane.com/from-scrupulosity-to-lutherosity-part-2/

From the second part: "If only Luther had acted like the many saints who were troubled by scruples - that is, if only he had humbly obeyed his lawful superiors - he would have saved himself and the world from so much confusion and misery." I suspected the book was more of the same, hence my admonitions. Someone who suffers from OCD (e.g., one who obsesses that every action or thought of theirs is blasphemy) cannot simply lay their obsessions at Jesus' feet - you can't turn OCD off that easily. (Spoken as someone who suffered from scrupulosity in the 1980s when various older family members were continuously in and out of hospitals; the scrupulosity faded out in the 1990s as other obsessions moved in.)

All that said, my grandfather was a Presbyterian minister who counseled alcoholics for the VA after World War II. In a newspaper interview after he retired, he said his counseling was of little help and he recommended AA as the best bet for alcoholics.

(My apologies to Ali for dumping on a Catholic author.)

Nadia,

Once again a sermon that spoke to me at just the right time. I have been reading your sermons off and on for a couple of years. Originally I started reading them because it brought me back to my Lutheran/Liturgical roots and I find myself coming back because of your poetic style and the fact that you don't beat around the bush. Thanks for being true to yourself and to your calling.

Peace,

Eric

This is exactly what I needed to hear today...thank-you for your ministry.

Thank you

Wonderful sermon. I am a Ministry Leader for Celebrate Recovery and I found this absolutely dead on. The 12 steps is about surrender. Thanks!

thank you- beautiful.

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