Wednesday, December 08, 2010

mid-week potpourri

todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful

that I like to laugh at myself and my mistakes; this wasn't always the case

that I seem to find more similarities than differences in every AA meeting that I attend

that one of my recovery mentors shares that every AA meeting is God's meeting and this relieves me of the burden of needing to control it; this really comes in handy at times

for the good old days and the good new ones too

Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
- John D. Rockefeller


Syd said...

We talked about God directing our shares and meetings last night. I am glad because my directing would be a failure.

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

Love that God is the Director and Employer, it really does clear up a lot of frustration, irritation and fear.

Jeremy said...

I LOVE THAT. It's a good thing to remember

Mary Christine said...

Hi David.

marie said...

this post truly is a potpourri...adorable pic, I am learning slowly but surely to laugh at myself, and I really like what your mentor said about AA meetings! Thanks for sharing.

a39greenway said...


In December of 1850, St. Anthony Claret was saying good-bye to friends in Spain before leaving to take charge of the Archdiocese of Santiago, Cuba.

At dawn one day he took a stagecoach to go to visit the Archbishop of Tarragona. When the coach drew into Villafranca del Panades, about seven A.M., all the priests of the town were there to meet it and begged Archbishop Claret to interrupt his journey and come to their aid.

As soon as he heard their story he dismounted and sent word to his host that he had met with a delay. Four criminals were to be executed there that morning – three boys in their late teens and a man of forty – and all four had absolutely refused to confess and receive Communion.

The pastor of the town pressed Archbishop Claret to have a quick cup of hot chocolate and hurry over to the prison. No, said the Archbishop, they must first go to the church and place the affair in God's hands.

When they had done this, they went to the prison, and the missionary was at once admitted to see the condemned men. St. Anthony Claret's warm, fatherly pleas soon conquered the three younger criminals.

They made their confessions, and the chaplain prepared to administer them Viaticum, the last Communion. He asked the young men, according to the custom, if they forgave all who had injured them. Two replied yes. The third said yes, he forgave everyone except his mother. Archbishop Claret prostrated himself and kissed the boy's feet.

"My son," he said, "if you do not pardon your mother you will be damned. For God's sake and for my sake I beg you to forgive her."

"No," the young man said, "it is on her account that I am in this trouble. If she had punished me in time I would not be here. I do not forgive her."

The four prisoners were covered with execution robes, mounted on mules, and led to the scaffold. The moment before his sentence of death was carried out, the unforgiving youth shouted, "I forgive my mother from my heart. Pray for me!" Then the older man, the toughest of the four, held up his arms and asked to confess.

Seated on the bench, with his head covered, he confessed and was absolved. Then the four men were put to death. Some time after, God revealed to Anthony Claret the judgment the four had received.

In a public conference he emphatically stated: "The four criminals of Villafranca were saved."