Sunday, 1 July 2018

Father Leo’s Daily Meditation


“Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you understand.”

–St. Augustine

For years I tried to understand my behavior around alcohol and I only came away more confused. Sometimes my efforts to understand led me into dishonesty and manipulation. I drank because I was lonely, angry, happy, overworked or because I had problems with my parents. You see, I tried to understand “why”!

Science has no definitive answer as to why some people are alcoholic other than to postulate the disease factor, with the emphasized advice, “Don’t pick up the first drink.” So today I don’t understand why I am an alcoholic. I also believe that I can never drink alcohol without having alcohol problems. This cherished belief keeps me sober and gives me a God I can understand; a life that I can love; and a world I can live in.

Oh yes — and I can remember where I have been today!

Help me to believe in what I know and to be content with the imperfection of my knowledge.

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