Father Joseph C. Martin : sober by grace : some personal comments on the most effective therapy on earth : the 12 steps : count ’em all

Father Joseph C. Martin : sober by grace : some personal comments on the most effective therapy on earth : the 12 steps : count ’em all

The express elevator to sobriety is broken – use the steps

The below is taken from the booklet Some Personal Reflections on the Most Effective Therapy on Earth – The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, by Father Joseph C. Martin

 

 When Bill and Bob sat down at their first meeting, they weren’t sitting down to theorize about getting together a philosophy of monastic spirituality. These were two highly intelligent men – rendered derelict by their compulsive, and therefore destructive use of beverage alcohol – desperately reaching for a solution to their unknown and unintelligible disease. They were baffled and beaten, torn and tired, and all but destroyed. They just wanted to stay alive. And what was born of their desperation was a therapy based totally on pure pragmatism. They reached out for help to any who would listen – and they accepted all that was offered from clergy, doctors, psychiatrists, and others. They kept what worked, and threw out what didn’t. The result was the most powerful therapy known. The reason for AA’s effectiveness is simple. It is COMPLETE. It has been subjected to the most burning test of all – trial and error. I truly believe that if one could get sober – happily, effectively, and productively so, – on four steps, that’s all there’d be; or ten steps, that’s all there’d be! But they found, since “half measures availed us nothing,” that all 12 steps are absolutely essential. The 12 steps, then, are not to be done because they’re nice, but because they’re necessary.

A police officer spots a drunk walking down the street with a penguin. Tells the man to take the penguin to the zoo where he belongs. The next day, the officer sees the same drunk walking the same penguin. Thought I told you to take him to the zoo.  “I did,” the drunk said. “He loved it. Today, we’re going to the library.”

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