On January 13, 2014, our Church began what is termed “Ordinary Time” in the Liturgical calendar. Most of us in recovery can or have done something extraordinary in ordinary time. We are sober, productive members of society, happy to be alive – giving glory to God and help to our neighbors.

Zane Grey, famous author of Western novels, practiced dentistry in New York before becoming a full-time writer. One of his earliest literary attempts was called Riders of the Purple Sage. After reviewing it, a New York publisher called it junk and told him to quit writing and stick with filling teeth. Grey took it to another publisher, who bought it and parlayed it into a million copies.

In similar scenarios, Louisa May Alcott, celebrated author of Little Women, led an early life of dire poverty. Actress Lucille Ball was paralyzed in a car accident and never expected to walk again.

What is one obstacle I have had to battle in my life? With what results?

For every hill I’ve had to climb. . .

For all the blood and sweat and grime . . .

My heart sings but a grateful song—

These were things that made me strong.


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