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Practicing Temperance Part II of III


In our last reflection we discussed the need for bringing food consumption into moderation. Today we will discuss the need for addressing excessive drinking. Science has proven that excessive drinking, or alcoholism, is a physical disease, requiring spiritual and medical attention. Take a look at this video to learn the positive impact on the family life when excessive drinking is brought under control.

Alcoholics Anonymous has a twelve step program to address the disease from a spiritual perspective. Combined with a doctor’s care, physical and spiritual healing is possible.

Alcoholics Anonymous What are the 12 Steps?

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Source: www.the-alcoholism-guide.org

From this list of twelve steps, take note of the degree of involvement by God required to restore physical health to the individual. Drunkenness, or alcoholism, is a prime example of where we must surrender our will to God and allow Him to heal; allow Him to grace us with Temperance to address future temptations.  As humans we are weak, and some things just simply require the strength of God to get us through the day. To all those who suffer from the disease of alcoholism, and to those family members who suffer along with them, my prayers for healing are with you.

Our next reflection on the virtue of Temperance will address how we move from the sin of lust to the virtue of chastity. Don’t miss it!

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