The Freedom to Love: Recovery and the Seven Deadly Sins

The Freedom to Love: Recovery and the Seven Deadly Sins

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by Emmerich Vogt, O.P.
     
 

Addicts and Codependents are unable to choose real love without being grounded in sound moral values. The founders of AA encouraged the recovering alcoholic to inventory the seven deadly sins, for recovery meant - not simply giving up drinking - but embracing a moral life-style, otherwise one would simply be a "dry drunk". As a priest who has worked with the 12-step…  See more details below

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Addicts and Codependents are unable to choose real love without being grounded in sound moral values. The founders of AA encouraged the recovering alcoholic to inventory the seven deadly sins, for recovery meant - not simply giving up drinking - but embracing a moral life-style, otherwise one would simply be a "dry drunk". As a priest who has worked with the 12-step program for over thirty years, Fr. Emmerich combines traditional Christian spiritual principles with the wisdom of the Steps. An undertanding of the moral virtues and the extremes that set a person up to become an addict or codependent is addressed in this study. For centuries Western culture has provided a moral sense of the deadlness of sin. Today's culture easily throws off the wisdom of the ages thereby has increased vulnerability to addiction and codependence. The seven deadly sins are shown to be desructive of the love of God and the love of neighbor that should guide a Christian's actions. A very real and profound moral disorder is found in the unrecovered person. The person who abuses himself and others through addiction and codependency in truth does not love himself, and if a person does not love and care for himself, he cannnot love and care for those he should. There is nothing so beautiful and salvific as the revelation of God's love, which alone makes man fully alive. We communicate this love by His grace, which heals the wounds of addiction and sets us free to love.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014633703
Publisher:
Mill City Press
Publication date:
04/24/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
158
File size:
875 KB

Meet the Author

Fr. Emmerich Vogt, O.P. is a Dominican priest of the Western Dominican Province. Educated by the Dominican Order at its seminary in California, Fr. Emmerich went on to receive a MA degree in Theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and a graduate degree in Near Eastern Religions from University of California. For several years he was a teacher: a high school teacher in Oregon and Los Angeles, and a college teacher at Holy Rosary College in Fremont, California. As a graduate student, he taught Hebrew at the Graduate Theological Union. For 29 years he has worked for Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, giving retreats and seminars in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. From a family with addiction and drug addiction, Fr. Emmerich has studied the 12-steps for his own healing and to help others to overcome obstacles and find peace. His series for EWTN is entitled, “The Eucharistic Principles of the Spiritual Life.”

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book teaches simple and joyous ways to confront those demons that plague all of us at one time or another and how to believe again in good to bring about pure peace joy and love!! A must read if u r struggling along in daily life which we all do even if we dont see it, with that emptiness and not sure how or what to do to find good real peace love and joy. His CD series on detachment with love also a must hear. Fr emmerich is an excellent speaker if u ever blessed to hear his 4day mission. Definitely life changing for the better