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The spirituality behind the Twelve-Step Program of Alcoholics Anonymous is a “low Church” approach to evangelization and healing that is probably our only hope in a suffering world of six-and-a-half billion people.

Our suffering is psychological, relational and addictive: the suffering of people who are comfortable on the outside but oppressed and empty within. It is a crisis of meaninglessness, which leads us to try to find meaning in possessions, perks, prestige, and power, which are always outside of the self. It doesn’t work. So we turn to ingesting food, drink or drugs, and we become mass consumers to fill the empty hole within us.

The Twelve-Step Program walks us back out of our addictive society. Like all steps toward truth and Spirit, it leads us downward. Bill Wilson and his A.A. movement have shown us that the real power is when we no longer seek, need, or abuse outer power because we have found real power within. They rightly call it our “Higher Power.”

Adapted from Radical Grace: Daily Meditations, p. 315, day 327

Prayer:
I am falling into Love.

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