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Examines some of the tools learned in 12-Step programs, and explores what they teach and why they are effective.
Recovering addicts who attend Twelve-Step meetings frequently dramatically change their lives. What makes “The Program” so effective? A group of people all facing the same challenges, who meet and share their experiences without judgment or comment is an extraordinarily safe…
Explores how Spirit views us, how we are seen by the Divine. Describes God’s love as it is expressed in the movie “Man of La Mancha” and shows how Don Quixote and Aldonza are archetypes for the human soul and Divine Love.
In 1974, the film “Man of La Mancha” was released, telling the story of the very nearsighted Don Quixote, who mistakes windmills for attacking giants and renames a local tavern slut, Aldonza, (played…
Explores a classic “philosophy of religion” paradox regarding the qualities of God. Examines whether a beneficent God would (or could) allow miracles. Argues that the existence of a miracle would prove that God is not all-good, since one miracle would involve ignoring pleas from equally deserving supplicants.
Recently the Catholic Church named Mother Teresa a saint. She met all the Church’s criteria for sainthood,…
Explores the dangers of praise and blame to the helping professions. Explains the seductiveness of praise, and describes the daily practice taught in twelve step programs used to avoid falling into
addiction to people-pleasing. Includes several slogans useful in avoiding internalizing praise or blame/
Newly ordained Ministers are warned to never listen to the comments at the end of a service. After delivering a sermon, the Minister stands…