“Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.”  This is a scary step for some to take.  Who of us wishes to uncover our bad side and bring all of this to the light?  However, once we stop drinking alcohol we, in a real sense, wake up.  Our evil side becomes apparent and troublesome.  After all we now realize we have the disease of alcoholism and have only taken care of the alcohol consumption.

The “ism” remains and that is all the inappropriate behavior we are accustomed to.  Essentially the “ism” equals the seven deadly sins:  pride, greed, lust, anger, gluttony, envy and sloth.  Now, upon reflection, we may not embody (or practice) all seven but there definitely are those which have become part and parcel of our daily living while drinking.

Having found our Higher Power, God, in doing steps two and three, it is best to turn to Him now, asking for guidance in our search to root out our faults, character defects and sinful habits.  Only His spirit can penetrate our heart to see the truth of our conduct in the past, own and admit it, and then desire to do something about it.  This is a big step in the right direction.  One should not rush through it but do it thoroughly and carefully.  The results will surprise you as nothing else can!

Prayer:  “I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall.  I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.  Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope, because of the Lord’s great love I am not consumed, for His compassion never fails.”   Lamentations 3:19-22


These thoughts offered by Brother Richard Hittle, S.J., a grateful 1980 graduate of Guest House and an employee since 2004.