The Soul of Sponsorship: The Friendship of Fr. Ed Dowling, S.J. and Bill Wilson in Lettersby Robert Fitzgerald
The Soul of Sponsorship explores the relationship of Bill Wilson, cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous, and his spiritual adviser and friend, Father Ed Dowling. Many might consider that such a remarkable
The Soul of Sponsorship explores the relationship of Bill Wilson, cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous, and his spiritual adviser and friend, Father Ed Dowling.
The Soul of Sponsorship explores the relationship of Bill Wilson, cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous, and his spiritual adviser and friend, Father Ed Dowling. Many might consider that such a remarkable individual as Bill Wilson, who was the primary author of AA literature, would be able to deal with many of life's problems on his own. Reading The Soul of Sponsorship will illuminate and answer the question of how Father Ed, an Irish Catholic Jesuit priest who was not an alcoholic, was able to be of such great help to Bill Wilson. Part of AA's Twelfth Step reminds us "to carry this message to alcoholics," and The Soul of Sponsorship illustrates how sober alcoholics still need the principles of the Twelve Steps brought to them by friends, sponsors, and spiritual advisers. Some of the problems faced by Bill Wilson were:depression in recoverydependency issueswhether or not to experiment with LSDthe place of money and power in AAknowing God's plan and willlearning from mistakesFather Ed taught Bill the importance of "discernment." In Father Ed's Jesuit tradition, discernment was a gift, passed down to him from St. Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuits, who described his own struggle with discernment in Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. The Twelve Steps of AA and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius presuppose that there is a caring God whose will can be known. The act of tuning in to God's action at one's center is discernment. The big question is, how do you know your Higher Power is speaking and revealing Himself through your feelings and desires?What Bill learned from Father Ed can be found in books and articles he wrote for AA. For the good of AA and himself, Bill learned to listen to his desires, be aware of his inner dynamics, and tune into the action of God within. Doing this meant learning to recognize and identify his personal movements -- those inner promptings and attractions often called emotions or affections -- which are part of ordinary human experiences. The person who helped Bill grow in discernment was Father Ed, the Jesuit priest with a cane who limped into the New York AA clubhouse one sleet-filled November night in 1940.The two "fellow travelers," Father Ed Dowling and Bill Wilson, gave each other perhaps the greatest gift friends can give: calling on each to know who he is -- before God.
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This book gave me some insight into what spiritual direction Bill W. may have received. Some parts are repeated throughout the book for some reason, maybe for emphasis?
Intense. Poor Maroon. Seth this story rocks! Everyone that reads it is ,like, begging for the next one!!!
Please post comments at results with no story.<p> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<p>   "So theirs ninty-nine of us," Alex said as he pilled the canned food into the bag they had grabbed. "And wh knows how many teams."<p>   "Ninty-nine?" I asked, my hands stopped over the bag of canned goods, "theirs one hundred of us. Remember? Thats how many we start with."<p>   "Exactly. How many we START with." Kenneth replied leaning bordly against the rack, holding the flashlight over Alex and l so we could see. The others were called into the back room by Jacob. Kenneth had seemed reluctant to have his brother leave, but didn't protest.<p>   "Wait, so your saying that someone already died?" I asked, looking down at my watch to see how long the others had been gone. Five minutes. Wonder what they were doing?<p>   "Yep. That's exactly what we're saying," Alex replied without looking away from wat he was doing, "you must have been out. As soon as our pods landed, someone died. They must've forgotten to tuck."<p>   "Holy sh<_>it! I heard the beep right before l went out!" Everytime someone dies, there's a beep that you will hear in the back of your head, and a team color will pop up in your resesive eye, due to the contacts that were given. Well in our case, the Sunglasses.<p>   "Yep, some sucker from Maroon team. Loser forgot to tuck up and killed himself." Alex continued as he stood up, grasping te two bags of canned food in one hand.<p>   l thought for a moment about this. I had almost died myself. I could have easily been that one who died. Except my team would have heard a double beep if it was a member of their team dead.<p>   "What about the token?" I asked them. Everyone brought in one thing that meant most to them, it had to be small enough to fit on your body in me way. If the token was sepperated from your body, a blip goes out on everyones watch. A map with the shortest route to the token will pop up. Once it's retrieved by someone, the blip goes away. Tokens are a key to survival here. If a teamate holds on to a dead teamates token untill halftime, and manages to get to the train station at the capitol city of the counrry they are in, they can bring the person back into the game. Nobody knows how it works, only the Government does.<p>   The teams try to get the tokens of other team players to either, destroy them so no revival, or bring them to the train station so the person is brainwashed and on your team.<p>   "Nope. Their was a red dot and a way to get to it on my watch for like a minute, and then it was gone." Kenneth said with a shake of his head.<p>   "Oh okay. Well l guess we should ge-" Tat was as far as l got before l was nearly blinded by a bright light.<p> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<p> Thanks. The enemy will show up some time within the next two or three chapters. Just wait for it.<p> ~§єЂ 拂