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April 11, 2012

Shirt of Flame

by Brendan

Heather King’s post yesterday on her Shirt of Flame blog was so good that I almost wanted to copy the whole thing here.  That would be wrong, though, so here’s how to find it:

And a taste of what you’ll find when you go there; King writes,


You don’t have to be religious to know that on this earth there is a force of light and a force of darkness. You don’t need to be religious to feel in your blood and bones the paradox of the human condition. You don’t need to be religious to see that addiction is both your biggest cross and, once you get sober, your biggest gift. You don’t need to be religious to marvel at the fact that of all the people in the world who can help a hopeless, broken-down alcoholic, it’s another broken-down alcoholic who’s gotten just enough of a glimpse of light to have stayed sober a single day.

Had breakfast this morning with David, Sam, Joe, and Neil — we’ve been doing this on Wednesday mornings for years, with a shifting cast of characters who are either recovering from addiction or from another  compulsion. We met at an Overcomer’s Outreach group back in 2006, and though the group folded, some of us continue the relationship.  Helping each other recover.

I’ve posted the image that you see on Heather King’s blog. I go there often, and I’ve read her memoir, Parched, and on my to-read list is her latest book, Shirt of Flame: A Year with Saint Therese of Liseux.

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