The Main Thing is to Keep the Main Thing, the Main Thing!
By Sr. Alma Janousek, ND
Drug Rehab Centers:
What an eye catching statement! In
June, I made a retreat at the Benedictine
Monastery in Norfolk under the direction of Fr. Richard
Gielow, CM, a Vincentian priest from Independence,
Missouri. The theme of this retreat was to keep the main
thing, the main thing. The fact that he was a chaplain for the
Chicago Bears surely wasn’t the main thing!
If we were offering a retreat at the
Valley Hope Drug Rehab Center
and had such a sign posted, what would you expect the main thing to be? I
think it all depends on where you are on your journey of life.
I’m sure the main thing for any of us would be different,
depending on whether you just arrived at Valley Hope or
had years of sobriety!
A common denominator would surely have something to
do with our relationship with God or a Higher Power. In my
years at the
Valley Hope Drug Rehab Centers,
I have found that the person who says,
“I don’t believe in God.” has caused me the most concern,
frustration and fear for the person because I believe Faith is
a gift and we can either accept it or reject it.
It makes me think of the little book called “When God
Winks at You ” by Squire Rushnell. Chaplain James
Leadabrand discovered this book at Dollar General and
often refers people to this book.
Anyway, I’d like to present this question for your
reflection. What do you think the main thing is in your life?
Is it sobriety? Is it
where you admit that you are
not God, there is a God and we need to surrender our wills to
God daily? Or might it be prayer, in which we seek to know
God’s Will for us?
So when Fr. Richard said there are ten prayers that God
always answers, I got my pen into fast action and took notes
on what he said. He said God always says “Yes” to these
requests: (I added on how we do this.)
1. “Show me you exist!”..We might need
the “God Winks” book to help us see
God working in our lives
2. “Make me an instrument”..as is
suggested on page 99 in 12 x 12 book.
3. “Out do me in generosity,” as is implied in
the Third Step prayer.
4. “Get me through this suffering”...as I pray “Thy Will be done."
5. “Forgive me.”.. as we pray in the Lord’s Prayer.
6. “Give me courage.” As requested in the Serenity Prayer.
7. “Give me wisdom”…as we meditate from the 24 Hour Book.
8. “Give me peace.” As we keep on praying the Serenity
9. “Get me through this bad situation.” As we reflect on
“Footprints in the Sand.”
10. “Lead me to my destiny.”..as we end the Prayer of St. Francis
and ask that we be born to eternal life.
Granted, prayer doesn’t mean we just ask for things, it
means a genuine relationship with a Loving Being who wants us
to know that we are all called to be a Beloved in eternal life!
Does this seem too difficult for someone who probably suffered
from their addiction so long that they struggle having any hope
for the future? I recall what one my mentors, Kaye C., told us
to share with such folks. Tell them: 1)“Don’t drink or drug!”
2.“Pray!” 3.“Go to Meetings and talk!”
On the last day of retreat, Fr. Richard said the greatest
compliment we could receive would be for someone to say, “I
know God is alive because of you. Wow! Could this be the
main thing I am called to do? To give Hope to others longing to
be called a Beloved by our Creator?
Blessings to you as you reflect on what the main thing you
may be called to do on your journey to happy destiny!
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