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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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<p>The youngest of eight, Mary Ann was born in Quito, Ecuador, which had been brought under Spanish control in 1534. She joined the Secular Franciscans and led a life of prayer and penance at home, leaving her parents’ house only to go to church and to perform some work of charity. She established in Quito a clinic and a school for Africans and indigenous Americans. When a plague broke out, she nursed the sick and died shortly thereafter.</p><p>She was canonized by Pope Pius XII in 1950.</p> American Catholic Blog At times Scripture holds a mirror up to our face and we don’t like what we see. The Word is truth, and sometimes the truth is painful. But so is antiseptic on a wound. Scripture challenges us only to heal us and call us to growth. No pain, no gain.


 
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