It’s the Lent season for the Catholic Church and one story that is central to this season of atonement and reflection is the parable of the “Prodigal Son.” One son loses his way, similar to how we had at one point. Another son stays home and does everything the father asks. Yet when the wayward son returns, he is celebrated by the father.
It’s a well known one, but one worth rereading for those of us in recovery. You can read it here, but below is the key part:
“My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.'”
We were all lost in the depths of addiction, but now we are found and we will be given a second chance and this should be celebrated.
We are miracles so let’s be grateful and happy about it.
One last point: during my recovery, I’ve drawn inspiration from all faiths including the one I was raised in (Catholic). In recovery, the God of my understanding is one across many faiths and so I gain a greater spirituality by reading key literature from all of them.