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Last Call: Grace and Sobriety View Comments
By Paul M. Smith

I’M GRATEFUL to be an alcoholic. While this may sound crazy to most of you, for those of us who have been blessed to recover from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body, it makes perfect sense. We were once lost and now we’re found; blind, but now we see. I vividly recall the turning point for me, my darkest hour, which in retrospect was the beginning of a new life in the light.
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Paul M. Smith, the host of the Son Rise Morning Show on EWTN radio, has over 30 years of experience in radio and TV journalism. The father of three, he enjoys volunteering, public speaking and anything involving the outdoors. “I am eternally grateful for God’s mercy,” he says. “I dedicate this article to my mother, Eva M. Smith.”

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Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus: The actions of these two influential Jewish leaders give insight into the charismatic power of Jesus and his teachings—and the risks that could be involved in following him.
<p><b>Joseph</b> was a respected, wealthy civic leader who had become a disciple of Jesus. Following the death of Jesus, Joseph obtained Jesus' body from Pilate, wrapped it in fine linen and buried it. For these reasons Joseph is considered the patron saint of funeral directors and pallbearers. More important is the courage Joseph showed in asking Pilate for Jesus' body. Jesus was a condemned criminal who had been publicly executed. According to some legends, Joseph was punished and imprisoned for such a bold act.
</p><p><b>Nicodemus</b> was a Pharisee and, like Joseph, an important first-century Jew. We know from John's Gospel that Nicodemus went to Jesus at night—secretly—to better understand his teachings about the kingdom. Later, Nicodemus spoke up for Jesus at the time of his arrest and assisted in Jesus' burial. We know little else about Nicodemus.
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