See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Monday, July 04, 2011

"Alcoholics and addicts are liars."


A priest once told me that a few years ago, adding, "I should know, I'm a recovering alcoholic - I lied my way through a good part of my priesthood."  Today the priest is retired, an old Franciscan who was once vocation director for an American province when I was in 5th grade.  It's amazing how people resurface in one's life - often just to help you understand something you couldn't figure out on your own. 
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3 comments:

  1. I would say it's more the case that liars can be alcoholics and addicts.

    If you sober up a horse thief, he'll still steal horses. Not all horse thieves are alcoholics though....

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  2. That's an interesting POV too. Thanks.

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  3. The resurfacing of people, moments, questions, etc. experienced for your soul's future benefit, is an interesting form of delivered blessings.

    This occurred yesterday for me during a homily. A priest I never knew gave the homily at mass and it touched on something I have been wrestling to understand for quite sometime. His homily and illustration clearly answered a haunting question of mine —zapped away. I got it and felt a brick I have been carrying lifted. I final felt a peace placed where that brick once laid.

    After Mass I had to let him know. Driving home I thought of the number of times I privately raised my bewilderment over this particular statement by Jesus and its meaning. Sadly, the offered explanations never satisfied until yesterday. I got it!

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