Sobriety

For those who have lost their sobriety:

Any addiction means that we have placed our heart in the wrong place. We live and sometimes we die for an object which slowly pushes out all our other loves, including that we feel towards our family, our friends, our God, and even our very selves.

One of the most famous stories about St. Anthony is about the miser. St. Anthony was at the funeral of a very rich man. He proclaimed out loud that the man should not be buried in consecrated ground for he was already in hell. He said that his heart was where his treasure was. When they checked, they found that the man's heart was not in his body. It was in the treasure chest for his possessions had been the love of his life.

But St. Anthony did not want to condemn those who were in trouble. He wanted them to be healed through God's love. There was a woman who had been so tormented by temptation and despair that she left her house, planning to throw herself into the river to die. On the way, she passed a chapel run by the friars. She entered and prayed before a statue of St. Anthony, eventually falling asleep there. St. Anthony appeared to her in a dream and gave her a small slip of parchment with a prayer written upon it. She kept it with her and was liberated from her horrible torment.

Prayer for oneself:

St. Anthony,
You know how weak I am.
I end up doing things that hurt me and those whom I love.
I cannot make it alone.
I need your help.
Please intervene in my life
as you did in the lives of so many others.
Teach me to make Christ my rock and my foundation.
Give me the strength to say no to those things that torment me
and yes to Christ's love and the love of those around me.
Amen.

Prayer for others:

St. Anthony,
You know how weak _______ is.
He/she does things that hurt himself/herself and others.
__________ cannot make it alone.
He/she needs your help.
Please intervene is his/her life
as you did in the lives of so many others.
Teach him/her to make Christ the foundation of his/her life.
Give him/her the strength to say no to those things that are tormenting him/her,
and yes to Christ's love and the love of those around him/her.
Amen.

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